American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A district associated with musicians, composers, and publishers of popular music.
- n. The publishers and composers of popular music considered as a group.
- n. The songwriting and publishing industry.
- n. District in New York City centered on 28th Street during the period roughly from 1885 to the 1920's where thousands of popular songs were commercially written.
- n. a city district (originally in New York) where composers and publishers of popular music do business
- Probably from tin pan, tinny piano + alley1 (from the cheap pianos associated with music publishers' offices). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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