[bahr-room, -roo m]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for barroom

saloon, pub, taproom, bar, alehouse

Examples from the Web for barroom

Historical Examples of barroom

  • Or else, in some barroom, a footfall from behind and a bullet through the back.

  • 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!

  • A need naturally developed for at least one feature of a hotel––a barroom.

    Nan of Music Mountain

    Frank H. Spearman

British Dictionary definitions for barroom



US a room or building where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter
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Word Origin and History for barroom

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper