nick·​el·​ode·​on ˌni-kə-ˈlō-dē-ən How to pronounce nickelodeon (audio)
: an early movie theater to which admission usually cost five cents

Examples of nickelodeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In it, the authors not only explain the rise of the studio system, trace the emergence of sound and color, and explore the evolution of film exhibition from cramped nickelodeons to imposing movie palaces. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 As nickelodeons popped up in nearly every town, demand for films skyrocketed, and audiences were eager for new content. Chris Yogerst, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2023 From its earliest days, the studio built by four brothers (Harry, Sam, Albert and Jack) who ran nickelodeons and silent movie theaters in Pennsylvania and Ohio has had a distinct profile to its storytelling and an ethos on how to wield its influence. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 6 Apr. 2023 In rural areas and smaller cities, nickelodeons and storefront theaters took off. Chris Yogerst, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2023 The brothers quickly found a former New Castle nickelodeon spacious enough to show films. Chris Yogerst, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2023 Among the stops on the Streets were the Usinger's sausage-making window, a nickelodeon that showed short silent films, a drugstore, a stable and a candy store. Chris Foran, Journal Sentinel, 13 Feb. 2023 The concept was as simple as a soda machine, as efficient as a cafeteria, and as magical as a nickelodeon. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 24 Feb. 2022 Signing up a music-minded teenager who can write code to program this three-legged psychedelic nickelodeon? Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2021

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Word History


probably from nickel + -odeon (as in melodeon music hall)

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nickelodeon was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Nickelodeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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nick·​el·​ode·​on ˌnik-ə-ˈlōd-ē-ən How to pronounce nickelodeon (audio)
: an early movie theater charging five cents for admission
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