elevator music

noun

: 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 But compared with the riotous diversity of a rainforest, the columns — like brigades of upright feather dusters — can become as monotonous as elevator music. Patricia Cohen Jes Aznar, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024 But there’s something unexplainable as to why their bats make elevator music in front of their loud, faithful fans. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Feb. 2024 Silence at first, then a few errant words and some elevator music. Susan Page, USA TODAY, 30 May 2023 Inside, elevator music plays from loudspeakers like a call eternally on hold. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Mar. 2023 Show up to watch the children, even if one of the kids has a concussion and needs everyone to lie in the dark on the floor in sleeping bags, listening to quiet elevator music. Catherine Newman, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2022 Tolkien elevator music versus nu-metal George R. R. Martin: Is this the best TV fantasy can do? Darren Franich, EW.com, 18 Oct. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 21 Apr. 2024.

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