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sauna

[saw-nuh, sou-]
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noun
  1. a bath that uses dry heat to induce perspiration, and in which steam is produced by pouring water on heated stones.
  2. a bathhouse or room, usually of wood, equipped for such a bath.
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verb (used without object), sau·naed, sau·na·ing.
  1. to take a sauna: to sauna after exercising.
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Origin of sauna

Borrowed into English from Finnish around 1880–85
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Related Words for sauna

toilet, bathroom, shower, lavatory, restroom, sauna, bath, lodge, hotel, whirlpool, sanitarium, spa, washroom, Jacuzzi, bagnio

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Contemporary Examples of sauna

Historical Examples of sauna

  • They left her burning in the sauna while they hurried homewards.

    Mighty Mikko

    Parker Fillmore

  • Slowly she marched out of the castle, across the courtyard, and over to the sauna.

    Mighty Mikko

    Parker Fillmore

  • Once they got her inside they locked the door and set the sauna a-fire.

    Mighty Mikko

    Parker Fillmore

  • 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.

    Mighty Mikko

    Parker Fillmore

  • The first building which she erected was not the dwelling-house but the Sauna or bath-house.

    Our Little Finnish Cousin

    Clara Vostrovsky Winlow


British Dictionary definitions for sauna

sauna

noun
  1. 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
  2. the place in which such a bath is taken
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Word Origin for sauna

C20: from Finnish
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Word Origin and History for sauna

n.

1881, from Finnish sauna.

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