from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An establishment, especially an outdoor movie theater, designed to permit customers to remain in their motor vehicles while being accommodated.
  • adj. Of or being such an establishment: a drive-in restaurant; a drive-in teller.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Providing service to patrons who remain in their automobiles.
  • n. An outdoor cinema where movies are projected onto a large screen and patrons watch from inside their vehicles, listening either by a speaker or a designated radio frequency.
  • n. A drive-through restaurant where patrons remain in their vehicles and order food and beverages via a speaker phone; their meal is delivered to their vehicle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. arranged to allow business to be transacted while patrons remain in their vehicles.
  • n. any installation designed to accommodate patrons while staying in their automobiles; especially an outdoor movie theater in which patrons park in their vehicles to watch the movie.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any installation designed to accommodate patrons in their automobiles
  • v. arrive by motorcar
  • v. cause a run or runner to be scored
  • v. cause to penetrate, as with a circular motion


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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