bar·​room | \ ˈbär-ˌrüm How to pronounce barroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m\

Definition of barroom

: a room or establishment whose main feature is a bar for the sale of liquor : bar entry 1 sense 5b a barroom brawl

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Synonyms for barroom


bar, café (also cafe), cantina [Southwest], dramshop, gin mill, grogshop [chiefly British], pub, public house [chiefly British], saloon, taproom, tavern, watering hole, watering place

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Examples of barroom in a Sentence

her mother didn't like her even to walk past the barroom because she was worried that there might be drunk people inside

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Long known as a heavy drinker, Mr. Torn was arrested several times for drunken driving and got into barroom fights well into his 70s. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Rip Torn, volatile actor who gained comic renown on ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ dies at 88," 11 July 2019 Wearing the flashy, sporty clothes of a barroom bantam (Alice Tavener did the costumes), Mr. Battiste finds the cancerous, painful insecurity within Walter’s strutting exhibitionism. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Burns With New Fire," 1 July 2019 The barroom anthem arrives at one of the busiest times of Brooks’ career. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Garth Brooks on Blake Shelton Duet, Touring Stadiums & Having 'The Best Time of My Life': Exclusive," 17 June 2019 As more breweries open in Louisiana, however, it's become harder for new ones to find a place on shelves and barroom taps., "Louisiana craft brewers tap into competition, slowing sales," 16 June 2019 Hadestown is set in a barroom at the end of the world that’s got a dance floor and a stage and two VIP seats. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s Musical Where Work Is Hell, Makes It to the Big Time," 19 Apr. 2019 Because at some point, whether in ten years or 20 or 30, the technological noose will draw tight, and the homogeneity of electrics will render moot all the age-old barroom debates on cylinder count and turbos. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "When Is a Porsche Not Really a Porsche?," 23 Jan. 2017 Since then, about the only gloves-off fighting many people have witnessed has consisted of barroom brawls. Washington Post, "Bare-knuckle boxing from a bygone era looks for a comeback," 1 June 2018 LeDuff's gonzo reporting is nothing if not braggadocious, intent on establishing the author's first-person street-and-barroom cred. Sam Quinones,, "A gonzo tour of what ails America," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of barroom

1742, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barroom was in 1742

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English Language Learners Definition of barroom

: a place where alcoholic drinks are served

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