Definition of Tin Pan Alley in English:

Tin Pan Alley

proper noun

  • 1The name given to a district in New York City (not associated with any particular street, but with the area around 28th Street, between 5th Avenue and Broadway) where many songwriters, arrangers, and music publishers were formerly based.

    1. 1.1[as noun, usually as adjective]The world of composers and publishers of popular music, particularly with reference to the works of such composers as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers.
      • ‘In The Tin Pan Alley Rag Scott Joplin brings his opera Treemonisha to Irving Berlin in hopes of getting him to help get it published.’
      • ‘Among the important factors in the rise of Tin Pan Alley was the rapid growth of vaudeville.’
      • ‘As music industry insiders often bought their first guitar strings in one of the numerous music-related shops, it is London's Tin Pan Alley.’
      • ‘Be sure to bookmark this page and return in about 10 days to read about one of the other Tin Pan Alley publishers.’
      • ‘Under the influence of Andrew Oldham, a Tin Pan Alley apprentice who was only 19 when he followed up a tip and went to see them at the Crawdaddy club in Richmond, they had begun writing their own songs.’


Tin Pan Alley

/ˌtin ˌpan ˈalē/