sau·​na | \ˈsȯ-nə, ˈsau̇-nə \

Definition of sauna 

1 : a Finnish steam bath in which the steam is provided by water thrown on hot stones also : a bathhouse or room used for such a bath

2 : a dry heat bath also : a room or cabinet used for such a bath

Examples of sauna in a Sentence

The health club has a pool and a sauna. He talked about the benefits of taking a sauna regularly.

Recent Examples on the Web

Amenities at Providence Row include a wine room and wine lockers for residents, a golf simulator, a gym with a yoga room, a sauna, a steam room, a massage room, a car wash, a pet spa, a swimming pool and a hot tub. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Studio apartments start at $1,135, and that's the cheapest at new Charlotte buildings," 4 June 2018 The second floor consists of a sauna and laundry room, along with a full bath and two bedrooms. Nate Owen,, "Property of the Week: 2910 Mountain Road, Suffield," 18 Aug. 2017 The new bath comprises a circular diving pool, shallow children’s pool, a 164-foot lap pool, and two saunas. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "BIG-designed harbor bath opens in Aarhus, Denmark," 9 July 2018 Avoid turning your kitchen into a sauna, and give your oven a break, while giving no-heat cooking a try. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 Renew Breakup Bootcamp is a weekend-long women’s retreat with glamping, Airstream and cabin accommodations, and a hot tub, pool, and sauna. Jen Ortiz, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to Getting Away," 25 June 2018 Regulars bring their bathing suits for the sauna and occasional ice swim. Bon Appetit, "La Banchina," 18 June 2018 The villa has a wet bar, bowling alley, in-home theater, indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna and steam shower. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Ariana Grande And Mac Miller Are Living Large In A Colorado Mountain Villa — And You Can Stay There, Too," 27 Dec. 2017 Entering from the pool area, there is a spa with a full bathroom that has a shower, a sauna, and a sitting area with a gas fireplace. Joan Walden,, "Property of the Week: 3 Erica Lane, West Simsbury," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of sauna

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sauna

: a special heated room in which people sit or lie down in order to get hot and sweat

: a health treatment in which people sit or lie down in a sauna


sau·​na | \ˈsau̇-nə, ˈsȯ-nə \

Medical Definition of sauna 

1 : a Finnish steam bath in which the steam is provided by water thrown on hot stones also : a bathhouse or room used for such a bath

2 : a dry heat bath also : a room or cabinet used for such a bath

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