bar·​rel·​house ˈber-əl-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce barrelhouse (audio)
: a cheap drinking and usually dancing establishment
: a strident, uninhibited, and forcefully rhythmic style of jazz or blues

Examples of barrelhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of the new barrelhouses are being built with industrial revenue bonds exempting them from property taxes for years or decades. Travis Loller, Fortune, 8 July 2023 Jack Daniel's operation there has 92 barrelhouses storing more than 2 million barrels. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2023 Since work began in 2018 on Jack Daniel's barrelhouse project in Lincoln County, six have been completed. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2023 Jack Daniel, headquartered in neighboring Moore County, got approval in 2018 to build two barrelhouses in Lincoln County. Peter Weber, The Week, 2 Mar. 2023 Tracy Ferry said that since Jack Daniel’s built a barrelhouse next to her house in December, whiskey fungus had been accumulating on the roof of her home and car and on trees on her property. Michael Levenson,, 4 Mar. 2023 Across the record, Batiste also raps, stomps like a preacher and wails like a barrelhouse bluesman. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2022 The expansion could allow one outpost to focus on manufacturing while the other becomes somewhat of a barrelhouse for aging and testing. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2021 Pauline was a genuine pathbreaker, an early-century white woman who lived for barrelhouse piano and was ostensibly expelled from Southern Methodist University for playing jazz with black musicians. John Lingan, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of barrelhouse was in 1875

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“Barrelhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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