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player piano

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noun
  1. a piano that can play automatically when the keys are actuated electronically or by a pneumatic device controlled by a piano roll.
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Origin of player piano

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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  • Then a stableman put a nickel into a player-piano and that seemed to be a signal for the thing to trot.

    Tish, The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Yesterday Mrs. Porter spoke to me about getting him a player-piano when he is stronger, you know.

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    Kathleen Norris


British Dictionary definitions for player piano

player piano

noun
  1. a mechanical piano; Pianola
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