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.
- barren ground caribou,
- barren grounds,
- barren lands,
- barren strawberry
Origin of barrelhouse
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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Q. What was this place you rented? -- A. It was a room adjoining a barrel-house.
Q. What is a barrel house? -- A. It is a room where barrels of whisky are tapped, a very inferior kind of whisky, and the whisky is sold by the glassful right out of the barrel. It is a primitive coffee house. [Committee Report of the 43rd Congress, Select Committee on Conditions of the South, 1874-75]
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