bar·​room ˈbär-ˌrüm How to pronounce barroom (audio)
: a room or establishment whose main feature is a bar for the sale of liquor : bar entry 1 sense 5b
a barroom brawl

Examples of barroom in a Sentence

a barroom long popular with working folks looking for a place to unwind at the end of the day
Recent Examples on the Web Ito is roughly the size of a typical steakhouse’s barroom, with a small fraction of a steakhouse’s employees. Brett Anderson, New York Times, 21 May 2024 The building was originally designed with 20 rooms upstairs with a barroom, card rooms and billiard tables on the first floor. The Arizona Republic, 30 Mar. 2024 Restaurateurs elsewhere drop seven figures to conjure what’s found all over the lower French Quarter: barrooms that seem sprung from cracks in the sidewalk, left to age for decades in the humidor of New Orleans. Brett Anderson, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2023 Sometimes something simple is all that’s needed for a barroom on a Friday night. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rolling Stone, 16 Mar. 2024 And plenty of goodwill is generated in Downtown Nashville barroom conversations, one of the fundamentals of CRS that hasn’t changed all that much. Tom Roland, Billboard, 6 Mar. 2024 Her debut album, On the Lips, evokes film-noir interludes and barroom blues, inviting guests like Nick Hakim and BadBadNotGood’s Chester Hansen into its smoky underworld. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 16 Feb. 2024 Just down Broadway Street across from CHS Field, the new Metronome Brewery hosts live jazz, string quartets, cabaret and other musical acts in its basement barroom dubbed Fingal’s Cave. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 4 Feb. 2024 This last movement, with its not-so-reckless abandon, was the big thrill of the night, Cho quickening his dialogue with the orchestra, intensifying his feats of dynamic derring-do, even applying a bit of barroom swagger here and there. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barroom was in 1742

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“Barroom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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bar·​room ˈbär-ˌrüm How to pronounce barroom (audio)
: a place of business for the sale of alcoholic drinks

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