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[bahr-room, -roo m] /ˈbɑrˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
an establishment or room with a bar for the serving of alcoholic beverages.
Origin of barroom
An Americanism dating back to 1790-1800; bar1 + room Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Or else, in some barroom, a footfall from behind and a bullet through the back.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Here I lived for weeks by myself, taking my meals in a barroom below.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • It was so still in the barroom that one could have heard a match burn.

  • And it was only a barroom brawl, though Philip was not in it until the end, to be sure!

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • A need naturally developed for at least one feature of a hotel––a barroom.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • He did it,” he exclaimed, “and you know what he got when he stepped into the barroom.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • We were sitting round in the barroom of the Cosmopolitan, trying to keep warm.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • Thus five or six Americans may meet in a club or barroom for the sale of liquors.

  • Then permit me to inquire if you have ever seen 'Ten Nights in a barroom'?

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish
  • If he has gone into that barroom, I'll have him out, no matter who is there!

    Rose in Bloom Louisa May Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for barroom


/ˈbɑːˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
(US) a room or building where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for barroom

1797, from bar (n.2) + room (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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