juke joint


Definition of juke joint

: 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 blues singer and guitarist Robert Johnson was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, in 1911, grew up in Memphis, and was fatally poisoned by a jealous husband during a performance at a juke joint near Greenwood, Mississippi, in 1938. Greil Marcus, The New York Review of Books, "The Devil Had Nothing to Do With It," 17 Nov. 2020 Shaver was born in Corsicana, Texas, on Aug. 16, 1939, and was raised mostly by his grandmother after his father left the family before he was born and his mother, Victory, took a job at a juke joint in Waco more than an hour away. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Country Outlaw Songwriter Billy Joe Shaver Dies at 81," 28 Oct. 2020 Photojournalist Kavin Ross' grandfather survived the massacre, but his Greenwood juke joint was destroyed. CBS News, "A white mob destroyed Tulsa's "Black Wall Street" a century ago. Descendants still feel the trauma.," 19 June 2020 Like many bluesmen who lived in the shadow of Jim Crow, Johnson was a wanderer for most of his adult life and performed in juke joints — often traveling with his fellow blues artist Johnny Shines — as far as New York City. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Robert Johnson, Bluesman Whose Life Was a Riddle," 29 Sep. 2019 Questions surrounded the future of the juke joint in August, when the managers who had booked bands for the joint for nearly five years decided to step away. al, "Looking to donate to Henry ‘Gip’ Gipson’s funeral costs? Here’s how," 11 Oct. 2019 Known for its drug houses and juke joints and hot-sheet motels. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "South Dallas’ Bonton neighborhood escaped 2019’s murder toll, but the year began with a slain child," 6 Jan. 2020 For nearly 70 years, the beloved Bessemer juke joint has been part concert venue, part church, part fortress of gratitude. al, "Looking to donate to Henry ‘Gip’ Gipson’s funeral costs? Here’s how," 11 Oct. 2019 At one point the two outlaws stop at a juke joint somewhere in Georgia, where they’re treated like royalty by customers and bar staff alike. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Queen & Slim Is a Romantic Odyssey Marked By Euphoria and Tragedy," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of juke joint

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Juke joint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juke%20joint. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of juke joint

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

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