bar·​rel·​house | \ ˈber-əl-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce barrelhouse (audio) , ˈba-rəl- \

Definition of barrelhouse

1 : a cheap drinking and usually dancing establishment
2 : a strident, uninhibited, and forcefully rhythmic style of jazz or blues

Examples of barrelhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 In California, Rebennack added barrelhouse piano flavor to pop and rock records, doing sessions with Sonny and Cher, the O’Jays, Frank Zappa and others. Gavin Edwards,, 7 June 2019 In addition to waves of grain and ponds of water, massive barrelhouses and shiny new grain silos also are found on the farm. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, 23 Oct. 2018 Adams’ barrelhouse piano solo in this 1988 clip is a thing of beauty. Michael Hamad,, 15 June 2018 In addition to barrelhouse piano blues and boogie-woogie, Fess absorbed the music of the islands, which had filtered into the New Orleans music scene in the early 20th century. Contributing Writer,, 3 Nov. 2017 Two singing pianists who loom large in the contemporary lore of New Orleans music, Mr. Butler and Dr. John both descend from the musical parentage of Professor Longhair, the famous barrelhouse piano innovator. New York Times, 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of barrelhouse

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Barrelhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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