sau·​na | \ ˈsȯ-nə How to pronounce sauna (audio) , ˈsau̇-nə How to pronounce sauna (audio) \

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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The infrared sauna has become a must in the wellness community and physical therapy practices alike. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "What’s the Best Way to Cleanse? A Guide to Detoxing in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Cases in point: the infrared sauna Kendall Jenner got from her sisters, the $250,00 Ferrari Kylie Jenner reportedly gifted momager Kris. Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Wished Travis Scott a Happy Birthday With This Giant Billboard in Los Angeles," 27 Apr. 2019 In Minneapolis, rooftop visitors to the Hewing Hotel can hop in a heated outdoor pool or 24-person sauna, near two fire pits and an ice bar, says Katie Szczepaniak, director of lifestyle at the hotel. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "The Hottest Nightspots This Winter Are Very Cold," 11 Feb. 2019 My primary reason for joining any health spa always has been because of the sauna. Joe Graedon, M.s., And Teresa Graedon, Houston Chronicle, "Will zinc help hirsutism in women?," 13 May 2018 The 10th-floor fitness center has cardio and weight training machines, private and group exercise studios, sauna and wet lounges, locker rooms with showers, and a game room with billiards. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen,, "In River North, known for its galleries, new apartment tower goes arty," 21 Mar. 2018 Each Superior Glass Apartment comes equipped with a living area, a mini-kitchen, an upstairs loft with prime-time Aurora Borealis-viewing glass ceilings, a private bathroom, and its own private outdoor hot spa and sauna. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Snowman Glass Resort Is the Winter Vacation of Your Dreams," 20 Feb. 2019 The daily sauna, however, may have the most cultural significance. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Helsinki Should Be Your Next City Break in Europe," 2 Sep. 2018 Wrestlers told Politico that coaches, like Jordan, often had to kick voyeurs out of the sauna and practice areas. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Jim Jordan’s allies are questioning the premise of the Ohio State sexual abuse allegations," 13 July 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 How to pronounce sauna (audio) , ˈsȯ-nə How to pronounce sauna (audio) \

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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