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.

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Recent Examples on the Web But Afifa Nayeb didn’t think those would work at a high-end Indian restaurant with a French-European speakeasy. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Dallas’ most exciting new restaurants and bars opening in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 The basement housed a speakeasy, Manifesto, that took reservations through text messages and served craft cocktails. New York Times, "The Treasured Diners and Hidden Haunts That Covid-19 Closed for Good," 27 Dec. 2020 When on-premises consumption resumes, the speakeasy-like bar will be a reservations-only affair. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "18 recent restaurant and takeout-kitchen openings in the Twin Cities," 9 Dec. 2020 Almost exactly eight months after the restaurant shutdown in Texas because of the coronavirus pandemic, Sanchez has closed his speakeasy. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Deep Ellum speakeasy Black Swan Saloon calls it quits," 19 Nov. 2020 After the purple tier was announced, Cohn and his wife, Lesley, permanently closed three of their restaurant properties in Hillcrest, Tacos Libertad and BO-beau Kitchen and Caché restaurant/speakeasy. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chef Travis Swikard puts long-awaited Callie restaurant on ice once again," 4 Dec. 2020 Next door is a secret speakeasy, owned by the same couple. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Frisco Gift Guide: Where to shop for Christmas gifts and more this holiday season," 3 Dec. 2020 Hidden behind an inconspicuous door will be a high-end speakeasy that gives the new location its name: Vinos Wine Bar and Cocktail Lounge. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "The new Vinos, Eddie V’s and other bar, restaurant updates on Las Olas Boulevard," 16 Nov. 2020 The owners plan to open a speakeasy inside the restaurant called Tango Bar. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Owner of Tacos Mariachi opens Argentinian restaurant Chimichurri in Oak Cliff," 5 Nov. 2020

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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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1 Feb 2021

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“Speakeasy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speakeasy. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of speakeasy

: a place where alcoholic drinks were sold illegally in the U.S. during the 1920s

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