- an early motion-picture theater where a film or a variety show could be seen, usually for the admission price of a nickel.
- an early jukebox that was operated by inserting nickels.
Origin of nickelodeon
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To them the nickelodeon seems to make a special appeal since it offers the variety they crave after long days in the mill.
- an early form of jukebox
- (formerly) a cinema charging five cents for admission
- (formerly) a Pianola, esp one operated by inserting a five-cent piece
C20: from nickel + (mel) odeon
Word Origin and History for nickelodeon
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