speak·​easy | \ ˈspēk-ˌē-zē How to pronounce speakeasy (audio) \
plural speakeasies

Definition of speakeasy

: a place where alcoholic beverages are illegally sold specifically : such a place during the period of prohibition in the U.S.

Examples of speakeasy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Heed my advice, people: Never start a conversation with a trio of Lufthansa flight attendants at a speakeasy. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2022 If it's been a hard time to get people to meet out at some secret-door speakeasy bring some of the class and fun home with this bottle. Adam Morganstern, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Downtown Indianapolis may be getting a new restaurant, a speakeasy and an event space. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Apr. 2022 It’s like a speakeasy, but instead of cocktails in a dark bar, there are oat milk lattes and vegan doughnuts served out of a shipping container in a Mission District alleyway twice a week. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Feb. 2022 The Coachella sushi speakeasy will be, in essence, a version of the couple’s Sushi by Scratch, where the Lees and their team will present a freewheeling interpretation of an omakase meal, complete with sake pairings, for $375 a person. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 After Newton Roads’ death, Clara turned the house into a dual brothel and speakeasy. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Oct. 2021 Bowman described the speakeasy's atmosphere as dark and intimate. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Mar. 2022 The Couturiers specialize in immersive experience bars like the Noble Experiment speakeasy in East Village and the Bang Bang Asian fusion restaurant/bar in the Gaslamp Quarter. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of speakeasy

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of speakeasy was in 1889

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26 Apr 2022

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“Speakeasy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speakeasy. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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