Definition of nickelodeon
1 : an early movie theater to which admission usually cost five cents
2 : jukebox
Recent Examples of nickelodeon from the Web
The earliest films, shown at nickelodeons at the start of the 1900s, had no credits at all, just the title.
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Origin and Etymology of nickelodeon
probably from nickel + -odeon (as in melodeon music hall)
First Known Use: 1888
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