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[rohd-hous] /ˈroʊdˌhaʊs/
noun, plural roadhouses
[rohd-hou-ziz] /ˈroʊdˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
an inn, dance hall, tavern, nightclub, etc., located on a highway, usually beyond city limits.
Origin of roadhouse
First recorded in 1855-60; road + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • So Burroughs knew of a drive to a roadhouse and a convivial night.

    A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman
  • On the way Ismay told him to stop at a roadhouse, got out and brought Nelly a drink.

    The Bandbox Louis Joseph Vance
  • I'm speaking from a roadhouse in the Bronx; going straight from here to the bank.

    The Boy Scout

    Richard Harding Davis
  • One day he was on his way home from Albany and stopped at a roadhouse at Kingston.

    Greenwich Village Anna Alice Chapin
  • I took her out to dinner, to a roadhouse, a few days ago, and she said she saw him there.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The roadhouse is presided over by a very able body of the clan of Ferguson.

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • Near the roadhouse was an Indian village where he had expected to get a guide for the journey to Kamatlah.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine
  • One of the items was that the stage for Katma had failed to reach the roadhouse at Smith's Crossing.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for roadhouse


a pub, restaurant, etc, that is situated at the side of a road, esp a country road
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Word Origin and History for roadhouse

"inn by a roadside," 1857, later "place for refreshment and entertainment along a road" (1922), from road (n.) + house (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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