elevator music

noun

Definition of elevator music

: instrumental arrangements of popular songs often piped in (as to an elevator or retail store)

Examples of elevator music in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the first episode, Dr. Johnny Fever announces the station’s changeover from elevator music to rock ’n roll with a record scratch and a proclamation. Jake Coyle, ajc, 30 Jan. 2022 Matt Kaulig, executive chairman and owner of Kaulig Companies, ensures his office lobby plays techno music as an upbeat alternative to elevator music. Vicki Salemi, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 The walls of the elevators are plastered with old records, records, and 80s tunes replace the usual elevator music. Christopher Elliott, Forbes, 23 Oct. 2021 Even if some strayed dangerously close to elevator music. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 23 Sep. 2021 But no one wants to wait on hold, listening to elevator music while trying to resolve an issue or process a return. Shama Hyder, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Many of the records Ms. Gabriel made fit into a category often marginalized as elevator music. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2021 The only open business was, bizarrely, a suitcase store, lights bright and elevator music echoing. Laura Van Den Berg, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Mar. 2021 Marcloid has replaced them with the kind of peaceful, harmonious background noise of elevator music or updates on the Weather Channel. Britt Julious, chicagotribune.com, 8 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of elevator music

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elevator music was in 1963

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“Elevator music.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elevator%20music. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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