Etymology
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drive-in (adj.)

in reference to of restaurants, banks, etc., built to be patronized without leaving one's car, 1929, from the verbal phrase; see drive (v.) + in (adv.). Of movie theaters by 1933 (the year the first one opened, in Camden, New Jersey).

updated on October 10, 2018

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Definitions of drive-in from WordNet

drive-in (n.)
any installation designed to accommodate patrons in their automobiles;
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