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From French disquaire.


discaire (plural discaires)

  1. (dated) A disc jockey.[1]
    • 1963, “The Compleat Virtuosi,” Time, 5 April, 1963,[2]
      Some discothèques allow their patrons to suggest tunes to the disquaire, but at many such an impertinence would be unthinkable—like asking Pablo Casals to play Melancholy Baby.
    • 1978, Andrew Holleran, Dancer from the Dance, New York: New American Library, Chapter 1, p. 25,[3]
      [] in the winter he used to go out dancing at five in the morning, and why? Because then the crowd had gone, the discaire was no longer playing for them, but for his friends, and that was the best dancing.
    • 2001, David Bergman, The Violet Quill reader: the emergence of gay writing after Stonewall (→ISBN)
      It was distinct enough for the discaire to begin a set quietly, build gradually to a climax, then let you down to start all over again. Do you remember that vanished custom?
    • 2012, Bathroom Readers' Institute, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges Into Music, Simon and Schuster (→ISBN)
      With a discaire, or disc jockey, spinning jazz records all night long, the main attraction was dancing. Thumbing their noses at the occupying Reich, Le Discotheque and other underground clubs opened their doors to blacks and homosexuals, []


  1. ^ N.H. and S.K. Mager, The Morrow Book of New Words, New York: Quill, 1982, p. 79.[1]