nabe (plural nabes)


(frequently plural) Neighborhood theater, neighborhood cinema.

Usage notes

In “neighborhood theater” sense, frequently “the nabes”, particularly used by Variety (NYC theater magazine), but also more widely.

In “neighborhood” sense, particularly New York City, but used throughout the US. Popular industry term, notably in Billboard (NYC music industry) in 1940s–1960s, but in 1970s and 1980s primarily confined to Brooklyn, NYC. Increased in popularity and became widespread from the 1990s, presumably as a less marked alternative to hood (“neighborhood, particularly poor black”).


• Bane, Bean, Bena, bane, bean

Source: Wiktionary


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