speakeasy

noun speak·easy \ ˈspēk-ˌē-zē \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of speakeasy

plural speakeasies
: 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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First Known Use of speakeasy

1889


SPEAKEASY Defined for English Language Learners

speakeasy

noun

Definition of speakeasy for English Language Learners

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


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