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noun, plural road·hous·es [rohd-hou-ziz] /ˈroʊdˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. an inn, dance hall, tavern, nightclub, etc., located on a highway, usually beyond city limits.
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Origin of roadhouse

First recorded in 1855–60; road + house
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Related Words for roadhouse

tavern, motel, hotel, resort, lodge, saloon, hostel, club, bar, dormitory, chalet, dwelling, shack, hut, shelter, inn, cottage, cabin, bistro, restaurant

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Contemporary Examples of roadhouse

Historical Examples of roadhouse

  • So Burroughs knew of a drive to a roadhouse and a convivial night.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for roadhouse


  1. 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.).

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