juke joint

noun

Definition of juke joint

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

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The Button, a former juke joint, sits in disrepair in the Snowden Community in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, "Slavery’s descendants say a reparations check won’t make the pain go away," 18 Aug. 2019 But that night, Cherrie said the juke joint was reminiscent of its early years. al, "‘We’re just getting this place back in order:’ The next chapter at Gip’s will sing the juke joint’s gospel," 13 Aug. 2019 His family, which once owned thousands of acres, ran the largest black beach in the state, with juke joints and crab shacks, an amusement park and a three-story hotel. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.," 15 July 2019 The blues musician and owner of Gip’s Place, the famous juke joint in Bessemer, has been in Diversicare of Bessemer since last month. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al.com, "Bluesman Gip Gipson ‘regaining strength’ after hospital stay," 10 June 2019 The temperature, failing to drop well past midnight, kept things hot and heavy as nearly all the guests ventured down the street to the historic juke joint Sahara Lounge for a rousing all-night after-party fueled by a live 10-piece African band. Andrew Bevan, Vogue, "Erin Wasson and Barth Tassy Combined Their Texas and French Riviera Roots With a “Ranch Tropez” Wedding in Austin," 14 Aug. 2018 Pictures in the show range in date from 1863, the O’Sullivan, to a 1991 William Christenberry of an Alabama juke joint. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and pretty much everywhere," 24 Apr. 2018 Other quick notes, both historical and plotwise: Did Johnson’s half-sister Carrie Thompson actually run a juke joint? Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "Somebody’s Got a Case of the Blues: Timeless Season 2, Episode 6, Recapped," 23 Apr. 2018 But there’s an uncomfortable degree of caricature in Act 1, especially at Harpo’s juke joint. John Timpane, Philly.com, "'The Color Purple' at the Forrest Theatre: Climbing to a plateau of joy," 14 Dec. 2017

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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juke joint

noun

English Language Learners Definition of juke joint

US, informal : a cheap bar or club that has a jukebox

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