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.

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Don’t miss the outdoor barrel sauna and wood-fire hot tub. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018 Even frequent use of saunas or hot tubs might temporarily impair sperm count. Mari A. Schaefer,, "Study: Nutrition in nuts may help boost sperm count," 10 July 2018 Former wrestlers have said Ohio State's locker room showers and sauna attracted faculty members and others who were interested in seeing the wrestlers unclothed. Elise Viebeck,, "'It's false': Jim Jordan slams accusers amid multiple reports he ignored sex abuse at Ohio State," 7 July 2018 Much of New England may be suffering sauna-like heat and humidity, but snow still lies on top of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, according to a tweet posted Sunday by the Mount Washington Observatory. Katie Camero,, "Here’s a cool thought: There’s still snow on Mount Washington," 2 July 2018 Cavache Properties plans to include a resort-style swimming pool, spa, clubhouse with kitchen, bar, TV lounge, billiards, sauna and gym. David Lyons,, "Luxury project near Fort Lauderdale's North Beach gets $23 million lift," 23 Apr. 2018 Amenities will include a private rooftop bar, golf simulator, indoor spa and sauna. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Here's when new apartments, hotels and stores are opening in uptown Charlotte | Charlotte Observer," 9 Apr. 2018 The sauna-like conditions are expected to linger this week, especially inland. John R. Ellement,, "Heat wave breaks along the coast, but inland it’s a different story," 2 July 2018 The stuff forms when lava hits the cool ocean, almost like water on sauna rocks — if the steam that sizzled off had acid and glass in it. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "The lava striking the sea is gorgeous — and can be deadly," 22 May 2018

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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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