[ bar-uh l-hous ]
/ ˈbær əlˌhaʊs /
noun, plural bar·rel·hous·es [bar-uh l-hou-ziz] /ˈbær əlˌhaʊ zɪz/ for 1.
a cheap saloon, especially one in New Orleans in the early part of the 20th century: so called from the racks of liquor barrels originally placed along the walls.
a vigorous style of jazz originating in the barrelhouses of New Orleans in the early part of the 20th century.
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British Dictionary definitions for barrelhouse
/ (ˈbærəlˌhaʊs) /
US a cheap and disreputable drinking establishment
- a vigorous and unpolished style of jazz for piano, originating in the barrelhouses of New Orleans
- (as modifier)barrelhouse blues
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