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[pee-uh-noh-luh] /ˌpi əˈnoʊ lə/

a brand of player piano.
(lowercase) Bridge. a hand, as a laydown, that is very easy to play.
(lowercase) something that is very easy to do or accomplish.
trademark a type of mechanical piano in which the keys are depressed by air pressure from bellows, this air flow being regulated by perforations in a paper roll Also called player piano

c.1896, trademark name (1901) of a player piano, from piano, the ending perhaps abstracted from viola and meant as a diminutive suffix. The pianola’s popularity led to a rash of product names ending in -ola, especially Victrola (q.v.), and slang words such as payola.


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