speak·​easy ˈspēk-ˌē-zē How to pronounce speakeasy (audio)
plural speakeasies
: 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 Emeryville’s Trophy Club speakeasy is open Wednesday-Saturday. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 12 Feb. 2024 These days, speakeasies have turned from exciting mobster hangouts to cheesy millennial spots where the cocktails cost upwards of $20. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 3 Feb. 2024 Guests get a sneak peek at the DAZED consumption speakeasy — open to the public spring 2024 — along with a meet-and-greet with Ricky himself. Melinda Sheckells, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Feb. 2024 The Coral Gables restaurant has less of the wee-hours, maybe-we’re-already-a-little-drunk speakeasy style Bodega is famous for, mainly because the Gables isn’t much of a late-night destination. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 But the location hasn’t entirely abandoned its speakeasy roots. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 Plus there’s an obligatory rooftop bar, a basement speakeasy and an ambitious events auditorium. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 5 Jan. 2024 Then cool off with a handcrafted cocktail at Caroline's Other Side, a speakeasy style bar connected to the cafe. 12 of 26 Walk Among the Butterflies Home to hundreds of vibrant butterflies, the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is truly a sight to behold. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 29 Nov. 2023 The couple — who have been together since August 2022 and welcomed a daughter, Angelina Marie, in June — got engaged on New Year’s Eve at Vitolo’s New York City speakeasy Da Milio. Brianne Tracy, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of speakeasy was in 1889

Dictionary Entries Near speakeasy

speak down



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“Speakeasy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speakeasy. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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speak·​easy ˈspē-ˌkē-zē How to pronounce speakeasy (audio)
plural speakeasies
: a place where alcoholic drinks are illegally sold

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