road·​house | \ˈrōd-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of roadhouse 

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

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Synonyms for roadhouse


bistro, cabaret, café (also cafe), club, nightclub

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Examples of roadhouse in a Sentence

stopped at a roadhouse for some drinks and a little line dancing

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Luke Combs has the kind of rich, deep powerhouse voice perfect for a rowdy late-night roadhouse, which also served him well in grabbing the attention of fans early in the evening during his hour-long opening set. Erik Ernst, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blake Shelton may have gone Hollywood, but he shows at Summerfest that he's still country," 6 July 2018 Inside, the modern roadhouse feel continues with concrete floors, walls covered in wooden freight palates, and heavy wood tables and chairs. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "The Nashville Hot Chicken spot for everyone," 7 June 2018 Ted Swindley runs with the concept of jukebox musicals — much of the lightweight little show’s second act is simply a concert, as if one was listening to an actual jukebox, albeit one in a West Virginia roadhouse. Matthew J. Palm,, "'Honky Tonk Angels' lets country music shine," 2 June 2018 For a brief moment in the first of two concerts Thursday at Thalia Hall, Price transformed the 19th Century Chicago landmark into a Texas roadhouse. Greg Kot,, "Margo Price turns country inside out at Thalia Hall," 13 Apr. 2018 The previous week, in an attempt to integrate the notorious Choptank Inn near Cambridge, a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee had been pulled inside the roadhouse and beaten to a pulp. Stu Bykofsky,, "In 1962 in Maryland, I was trespassing in a restaurant | Stu Bykofsky," 20 Apr. 2018 The days when mechanized road warriors could rob roadhouses in desolate parts of the city with little fear of being caught were over. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF bad guys get away in a car. In 1915, that was big news," 2 Mar. 2018 The Hotel Vegas looks the part of a derelict roadhouse, and Charles' demure but hard-bitten cosmic county fit right in with the scene. August Brown,, "Andrew W.K., Bad Gyal and Pearl Charles find different paths to lifting SXSW's spirits," 15 Mar. 2018 Since 1850, the bar now known as Slippery Noodle Inn - Indiana's oldest continuously operating bar - has been a roadhouse, a brothel, a station on the Underground Railroad and a hangout for gangster John Dillinger. Kate Silver,, "Beyond the racetrack: Indianapolis offers first class art and a great food scene," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of roadhouse

1857, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of roadhouse

: a restaurant or bar that is on a main road outside a city or town

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