Meaning of drive-in in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdrʌɪvɪn/

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  • Denoting a facility such as a cinema or restaurant that one can visit without leaving one's car.

    ‘a drive-in cinema’
    • ‘These eateries convert into drive-in restaurants at night.’
    • ‘Many new features appeared on the landscape such as drive-in cinemas, service stations and shopping malls.’
    • ‘News that York is to become home to Britain's first drive-in cinema was welcomed by local people today.’
    • ‘It also has a drive-in facility with a capacity for 50 cars.’
    • ‘Dating in the city of Nairobi may involve outings to nightclubs, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, and drive-in movie theaters.’
    • ‘Years later, when I was in high school, I would borrow the old family Chevrolet and take my girlfriend to the drive-in theatre.’
    • ‘A spokesman for Asda said the store will be the first in the world to have a drive-in cinema, and even its parent company in America - Walmart - does not have one.’
    • ‘Then I remembered the drive-in theatre screen.’
    • ‘They headed to the closest drive-in restaurant.’
    • ‘For a change of pace, orange frosties can be slurped at the Varsity, the largest drive-in restaurant in the world.’
    • ‘Well when I was married, on my honeymoon we went on a Friday or Saturday night to a drive-in theatre.’
    • ‘Other farmers look out, see earth, and perceive many different possibilities - from farming, to owning land, to building drive-in theaters.’
    • ‘Also included are various advertisements that were common to drive-in theaters, and some of these are downright hilarious.’
    • ‘We eventually stopped at a little all night drive-in movie theater.’
    • ‘The best part about Sidney's drive-in theater is that about five years ago a really big storm hit and blew half of the screen down.’
    • ‘From the drive-in theater to telephone dating to Internet-based auctions, innovation has been a principal driver of consumer adoption of a new technology.’
    • ‘America invented the drive-in restaurant and the drive-in bank.’
    • ‘Only yesterday, the last drive-in theater closed in Vancouver.’
    • ‘They attended parties together, went to the drive-in theater.’
    • ‘She also helped out at the drive-in movie theater run by her mother.’


  • A drive-in facility.

    ‘he bit into a huge burger at the drive-in’
    • ‘Maybe it was a blip in history, with drive-ins and soda fountains, that's gone for good.’
    • ‘You cannot imagine how different this film looked compared with most of the commercial releases I used to watch in the late 1950s, overlit studio pictures designed for drive-ins, with little sense of reality.’
    • ‘It played continuously for 23 years, still booking drive-ins as late as 1977, and grossed an estimated $100 million.’
    • ‘And we - you know, we used to go to drive-ins as kids.’
    • ‘He grew up working for the Warren family, which ran such drive-ins as the Greater Pittsburgh on Route 30 and the South Hills on Route 51.’
    • ‘At that time my father had a couple of drive-ins.’
    • ‘It would play the small houses and hope to make it to bigger screens in the state capitals; the suburban multiplexes and drive-ins would likely be foreign territory.’
    • ‘But then again, not having romantic memories of drive-ins, I wouldn't know.’
    • ‘In the following decades Richard's invention boomed, with about 5,000 drive-ins around the world by 1958.’
    • ‘By 1985, the drive-ins disappeared and these films started getting thrown away.’
    • ‘Apparently, these items are inspired by the classic drive-ins that sprang up during the Rock 'n' Roll era in the West.’
    • ‘By 1976, the film had developed a cult following in America, becoming a favourite at drive-ins and in college towns.’
    • ‘I'd like to know maybe if anyone has an idea for English drive-ins around the island of Montreal.’
    • ‘It opened as a drive-in half a century ago, when drive-ins were the latest, hippest thing.’
    • ‘I admire that the drive-ins are already available in Beijing, but not in Shanghai yet.’
    • ‘For example, one day for lunch I took them to a local fast-food restaurant, and I realized that, when I was my children's age, I used to love going to the drive-ins, and now all we have are drive-thrus.’
    • ‘In their glory days, drive-ins expressed a particular, wacky strain of American imagination, their grandiosity and gadgetry revealing a culture captivated by technology.’
    • ‘However, from the 1950s until their almost total disappearance in the mid-1980s, drive-ins occupied a unique place in popular culture.’
    • ‘His ire was reserved for the exaggerated and superficial aspects of American style, such as neon-lit motels, drive-ins, cars with fins, and stove-pipe trousers.’
    • ‘Their town, though small got a good number of tourists for the summer the kind that found something remotely quaint and old fashioned about drive-ins.’
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