A jukebox is a machine that plays a song when you insert money. They’re rare now, but according to Joan Jett, in some places you can still “put another dime in the jukebox, baby” if you love rock and roll.

In the 1930’s, a juke was a small restaurant where people could eat, drink, and dance. “Juking” meant getting rowdy. When a music vending machine came along, people called it a jukebox because they could crank up the music and get rowdy. It's a large, cabinet-type device that you put money in and choose a song. Back in the day, a 45” vinyl single would play, and then there were CDs, but now that everything’s digital, jukeboxes have become quaint.

Definitions of jukebox

n a cabinet containing an automatic record player; records are played by inserting a coin

Type of:
phonograph, record player
machine in which rotating records cause a stylus to vibrate and the vibrations are amplified acoustically or electronically

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