juke·box | \ ˈjük-ˌbäks \

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

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The track giving us the jukebox to give to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital was definitely the best moment as far as in-general or being outside the car. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "Dale Earnhardt Jr. talk about life after racing, Kentucky Speedway and the Chevy Camaro," 13 July 2018 There’s also a sweet jukebox, and some surf boards are pretty cool. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Memorabilia, merchandise and 'regular junk:' Steve Dahl to host garage sale at Des Plaines casino," 6 July 2018 What: With vintage photographs on the wall, clean diner aesthetics and an old jukebox, Dove’s really doesn’t even need to serve visually pleasing food to satisfy your Instagram needs. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "10 of Chicago's most Instagrammable food and drinks to feed yourself and your followers," 25 Aug. 2017 Crosley, which is based in Louisville, partnered with Kentucky Speedway in 2015 and the jukeboxes, about five-feet tall, have been the drivers’ pursuit ever since. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "Kentucky's NASCAR race has some pretty unique trophies," 12 July 2018 Tellingly, there aren't enough decent Cher hits to fill out the jukebox score. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Cher's got her own bio-musical!," 3 July 2018 The problem is in part the jukebox form; disco music, with its skimpy lyrics and lack of development, is especially unfit for narrative use. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Hot Stuff Turns Cold in ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’," 23 Apr. 2018 Chet's is a classic roadside tavern, with a pool table, a jukebox, a popcorn machine, and a large clientele of bikers. Edward Mcclelland, Chicago Reader, "Meet Resurrection Mary, the ghost of Archer Avenue," 26 June 2018 Upstairs, the restaurant turns into an entertainment destination, with pool tables, foosball, dartboards and a jukebox. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "La Familia Brings Authentic Bolivian Food To Canton," 25 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of jukebox

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

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