Tin Pan Alley Definition

noun
The district of Manhattan where many songwriters and publishers of popular music were once based.
Webster's New World
The publishers, writers, and promoters of popular music, esp. those of the late 19th and early 20th cent.
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pronoun
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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.

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Origin of Tin Pan Alley

  • Probably from tin pan tinny piano alley (from the cheap pianos associated with music publishers' offices)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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