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Discotheque is a word built by the combination of δίσκος—dískos (disk) and θθκη—théke (box, chest, tomb), both of ancient Greek origin. The -théke suffix has been used in a variety of contexts and languages to signify the physical place in the city, where one particular function is performed or where one kind of object is stored: for example, Apotheke (German for pharmacy), bibliothèque (French for library), emeroteca (Italian for printed media archive), videoteca (Italian for video rental shop). Discotheque is the physical place “where disks (i.e., records) are.”

Definition

Currently the word is not so commonly used, and the abbreviation disco or the term club is preferred to refer to the same kind of physical place.

The word was first coined in France and it is connected to ...

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