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 Threadgill’s, the roadhouse where Janis Joplin got her start, is being torn down. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020 His influence looms large even today, as dozens of Texas country roadhouse bands and troubadours are essentially still following the same path that Walker blazed in the ’70s. Peter Blackstock, USA TODAY, "Jerry Jeff Walker, known for writing 'Mr. Bojangles,' dies at 78," 24 Oct. 2020 His influence looms large even today, as dozens of Texas country roadhouse bands and troubadours are essentially still following the same path that Walker blazed in the ’70s. Dallas News, "Texas country giant Jerry Jeff Walker dies at 78," 24 Oct. 2020 Yong Simas, 61, is the bartender at a roadhouse that bears her name on Whiskey Slough Road in Holt, a short drive south of Willson’s boat. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Shipwrecked on Little Potato Slough," 8 Oct. 2020 By the time this photo was taken, the Horn Palace was a roadhouse of ill repute, mainly because of the reputation of its owner., "Horn Palace Inn developed a rowdy, questionable reputation as it moved around San Antonio in early 1900s," 3 Oct. 2020 After Thompson died, Bob and Sylvia Cornett bought the business from Thompson’s widow in the late 1970s, turning the oftentimes rowdy roadhouse into more of a family-friendly restaurant. Bob Carlton |, al, "The colorful history behind a timeless Alabama restaurant," 30 Sep. 2020 Stepping inside this old-fashioned roadhouse is like a trip back in time to when the Cavaliers played down the road. Joey Morona, cleveland, "13 restaurants with the best French Fries in Greater Cleveland," 9 Sep. 2020 El Cucuy looks like a Texas roadhouse inspired by B-grade horror movies and car and motorcycle culture. Will Coviello,, "El Cucuy, a Texas roadhouse, horror-show taco joint, opens Friday in Uptown," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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7 Jan 2021

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“Roadhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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