juke joint

noun

: a small inexpensive establishment for eating, drinking, or dancing to the music of a jukebox or a live band

Examples of juke joint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The legacy of juke joints can be seen in a new generation of chefs and authors carrying on the tradition. Korsha Wilson, Bon Appétit, 11 Mar. 2024 His strengths are on full display when the numbers are integrated into the world of the characters, the swing of a hammer or a pick-ax lending a song its rhythm, the wooden planks of a storefront or the bar of a swampy juke joint becoming a dance floor. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 19 Dec. 2023 The juke joint was a place where people went to hang out and have a good time. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 23 Dec. 2023 Places like juke joints, strategically located near agricultural communities, served as sites where African Americans could escape the daily indignities of segregation. Christina Morales, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 See all Example Sentences for juke joint 

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of juke joint was in 1937

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“Juke joint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juke%20joint. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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