- 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.
- to take a sauna: to sauna after exercising.
Origin of sauna
Borrowed into English from Finnish around 1880–85
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Slowly she marched out of the castle, across the courtyard, and over to the sauna.
Once they got her inside they locked the door and set the sauna a-fire.
They left her burning in the sauna while they hurried homewards.
Suyettar thought that this would be a fine chance to wash the dust from her eyes, so she let them lead her to the sauna.
The first building which she erected was not the dwelling-house but the Sauna or bath-house.Our Little Finnish Cousin
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- 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
C20: from Finnish
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Word Origin and History for sauna
1881, from Finnish sauna.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper