[ saw-nuh, sou- ]
/ ˈsɔ nə, ˈsaʊ- /


a bath that uses dry heat to induce perspiration, and in which steam is produced by pouring water on heated stones.
a bathhouse or room, usually of wood, equipped for such a bath.

verb (used without object), sau·naed, sau·na·ing.

to take a sauna: to sauna after exercising.

Origin of sauna

Borrowed into English from Finnish around 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sauna


/ (ˈsɔːnə) /


an invigorating bath originating in Finland in which the bather is subjected to hot steam, usually followed by a cold plunge or by being lightly beaten with birch twigs
the place in which such a bath is taken

Word Origin for sauna

C20: from Finnish
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