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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Forget about the bone-chilling outdoor temperature and post up in the sauna. Lily Kupets, Vogue, "A Winter Weekend Destination You’ve Likely Overlooked: New Paltz, New York," 28 Dec. 2018 Massage oils are fine — just finish your massage off with some steam in a shower or sauna to open up your pores to melt away the oils. 2. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "5 Reasons You're Getting Back Acne — And How to Make It Go Away," 7 Dec. 2018 Even though the house’s reclaimed wood might make history lovers swoon, modern amenities like a sauna, gear shed, and spacious butler’s pantry point to thoughtful design. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Granite and timber home in the forest asks $798K," 19 Oct. 2018 The luxurious Relais and Châteaux property, which dates to the 1860s before a 2010 gut renovation, has the feel of an intimate resort, with six restaurants, an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, and a Forbes Five-Star award-winning spa. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Watch Hill, Rhode Island," 12 June 2018 Condos and villas here will range from $364,000 to over $910,000 and the grounds will include a sauna, Pilates studio and a bar. Katerina Ang, WSJ, "The Communities That Retired Rich Asians Call Home," 9 Oct. 2018 Stay at the Rosapetra Spa resort in the southern part of town and treat yourself to its outdoor Finnish black sauna, particularly after a long day skiing, hiking or climbing a Viaferrata. Kelly Hushin, Town & Country, "How to Explore the Hidden Gems of Italy's Dolomite Region," 28 Sep. 2018 Amenities An open-air gym equipped with the latest machines from Technogym, a sauna, a pool with a hot tub, a fitness studio where meditation, Pilates and yoga classes are held, a spa offering facials and massages and a high-end restaurant. New York Times, "At a Kigali Hotel, Luxury and Light," 12 May 2018 The duplex, which boasts a private sauna, private jacuzzi, and additional private outdoor jacuzzi, goes for $1,295 a night. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Oasis Collections Is The Airbnb Alternative Celebrities Are Flocking To," 16 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of sauna

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sauna was in 1881

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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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