road·​house | \ ˈrōd-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce roadhouse (audio) \

Definition of roadhouse

: an inn or tavern usually outside city limits providing liquor and usually meals, dancing, and often gambling

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Examples of roadhouse in a Sentence

stopped at a roadhouse for some drinks and a little line dancing
Recent Examples on the Web Clubs formed for outings and races, and long-disused roadhouses were rehabilitated to service cyclists on long journeys. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "What the Fight Over Scooters Has in Common With the 19th-Century Battle Over Bicycles," 21 Nov. 2019 The exposed beams, rustic décor, and extensive collection of old beer cans create a roadhouse vibe., "420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; 413-528-8282; Opens daily 11:30 a.m., closes Sunday 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. Sampler flight $5.85.," 18 Sep. 2019 These offstage characters provide what counts for plot motivation in this rumpled roadhouse-jukebox of a musical. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: Musical ‘Honky Tonk Laundry’ good, fairly clean country fun at Seven Angels," 30 Sep. 2019 Tall, Dark, & Handsome runs the musical gamut from McClinton’s trademark roadhouse blues to jazz and swing. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Interview: Delbert McClinton Returns With a Bounty of Blues on 'Tall, Dark & Handsome'," 25 July 2019 Along with Tenille, opener Jon Pardi helped to further beef up Bentley’s show with his knack for some roadhouse country, which populated his own thorough set ahead of the headliner. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Dierks Bentley’s charisma captivates Tuscaloosa yet again," 12 Aug. 2019 Yet the most-beloved hangout — to my mind the reason Malibu exists at all — is a landmark roadhouse on the outskirts that is equal parts good grub and great floor show. Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Have a California moment at Neptune’s Net, a landmark seafood shack in Malibu," 8 Aug. 2019 His gigs ranged from strip clubs to auditoriums, roadhouses and chicken shacks. Author: Kevin Mcgill, Cain Burdeau, Anchorage Daily News, "Dr. John, funky musical ‘night-tripper’ of New Orleans, is dead," 7 June 2019 His gigs ranged from strip clubs to auditoriums, roadhouses and chicken shacks. Washington Post, "‘Dr. John,’ funky New Orleans ‘night-tripper’ musician, dies," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of roadhouse

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of roadhouse was in 1857

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1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Roadhouse.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of roadhouse

US, old-fashioned : a restaurant or bar that is on a main road outside a city or town

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