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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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 While Natalia Vodianova found solace in a sauna, Marie-Amélie Sauvé took her pause in a more perpendicular pose. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Karlie Kloss, Zoë Kravitz, and More," 29 July 2018 Equipped with a lounge and bar, library, artist’s studio, media room, sauna, waterfront patio lounge, and five-star menu of fresh fish and seasonal local ingredients, the lodge boasts plenty of reasons to stay holed up indoors all trip long. Marie Salcido, Sunset, "Helicopter Your Way to an Off-the-Grid Luxury Vacay," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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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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