juke·​box | \ ˈjük-ˌbäks How to pronounce jukebox (audio) \

Definition of jukebox

: a coin-operated phonograph or compact-disc player that automatically plays recordings selected from its list Cable TV … is now bringing you an all-music-video network that is the TV equivalent of a barroom jukebox.— Peter Ainslie broadly : any automatic music player that plays selections from a publicly available list

Examples of jukebox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most of the songs assembled here served as party music, dance music, nightclub music, sock hop music, jukebox music — the sound of Black Washingtonians enjoying a moment of prosperity after wartime, or at least trying to catch a glimpse of it. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2021 The jukebox is on the new show, Grand Crew, that [writer-producer] Phil Augusta Jackson has with Dan. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 17 Sep. 2021 The band appeared remotely from a darkened venue, complete with a jukebox and wood-paneled walls. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 3 Sep. 2021 The jukebox looks like a little bird next to this Adam Driver–size man. Carrie Wittmer, Vulture, 17 Aug. 2021 On top of all this, Cinderella is a musical, primarily a jukebox of the Moulin Rouge! Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 Garland Garrett also was involved in the family video game and vending machine business, Cape Fear Music Co., which his father founded in 1950 as a jukebox company. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 Both sequences use the same intense yellow lighting and song playing on the jukebox as in Close Encounters’ abduction sequence. Marya E. Gates, Vulture, 10 Aug. 2021 My most rebellious act as a teenager was to sabotage the jukebox when our family went out to eat at a local diner/fancy-eating restaurant after church. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of jukebox

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jukebox

from dialect jukehouse brothel, from juke to have sexual intercourse with, of Atlantic Creole origin; akin to Jamaican English juk to poke, stab, Krio chuk

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“Jukebox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jukebox. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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: a machine that plays music when money is put into it

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