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
Recent Examples of jukebox from the Web
The bar had been full until closing time, the jukebox blaring and strangers embracing him.
Find a copy with the original cover—five young black women in matching peach dresses—not the reissue with a cartoony white couple at a jukebox.
A dusty old jukebox sits in the back dining room, holding classics just waiting to be played.
This 2008 adaption of the ABBA jukebox musical is an hour and 48 minutes of unbridled joy with a side of Meryl Streep.
The bartenders command the dark, smoky room with the no-nonsense authority of French bistro waiters, able to discern orders over the punk-rock jukebox playlist competing with whatever game is on TV.
That deal lets consumers who purchase music at retail outlets immediately access their music through a virtual jukebox — well, at least music from BMG and Universal, along with various independent labels.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1939
JUKEBOX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jukebox for English Language Learners
: a machine that plays music when money is put into it
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