speak·​easy | \ˈspēk-ˌē-zē \
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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The Hidden Pearl Nestled behind a ramen shop in Greenpoint is The Hidden Pearl, one of New York’s most stylish new speakeasies, accented with navy blue, tan leather, and brassy gold fixtures. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Fall," 31 Aug. 2018 In this cavernous speakeasy, enjoy Sidecars and Pisco Sours, billiards and comedy nights. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 Have A Night Cap: End the night back at The Hoxton in Jacques' Bar, an intimate little speakeasy with Moroccan vibes inspired by the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "Staycation At The Hoxton Paris Without Venturing More Than 15 Minutes Away," 4 Oct. 2017 Almost weirder than Jughead’s casual disregard for his own life is Betty’s total lack of reaction to it later on—the two of them are cracking jokes about it at Veronica’s speakeasy! Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 6 Craziest Things That Happened On Riverdale Tonight," 25 Oct. 2018 After a succession of restaurants, the former Oriental Drugs building on the east side is taking a new tack: a food hall of six or seven vendors due in the fall, plus a little speakeasy off the alley. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A micro food hall, Crossroads Collective, aims to revive the corner building at North and Farwell avenues," 17 May 2018 The dark Irish saloon, which opened as a speakeasy in 1929, was a beloved haunt for journalists and writers. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, "The Sistine Chapel of Comic-Strip Art," 11 May 2018 The experience feels like a visit to a genteel speakeasy. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "How does a restaurant survive for decades? These 10 have a winning formula," 9 May 2018 Stepping back into the Prohibition years of the Roaring '20s is now as easy as whispering the password at a new speakeasy in Las Vegas. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Go underground in Las Vegas for an interactive history lesson and a taste of real moonshine," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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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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