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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Examples from the Web for player piano
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.Sisters|Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for player piano
a mechanical piano; Pianola
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