- a saloon or nightclub selling alcoholic beverages illegally, especially during Prohibition.
Origin of speakeasy
Examples from the Web for speakeasy
It all makes for a very cool bar, sure, but as a speakeasy, it feels a little muddled.The Secret Speakeasies of Buenos Aires
February 25, 2014
They were paid $50 to play a tiny Los Angeles speakeasy called The Lava Lounge—now The Woods.Cold War Kids on Faith, Hipster Detractors & Their Musical Evolution
April 17, 2013
You can take the first shot with old 'Speakeasy' an' then I'll try her.The Southerner
You couldn't see him for dust as he broke for the nearest 'speakeasy,' and the two panhandlers were hanging on to his coat tails.Side Show Studies
He's been in the "cigar store" bookie racket ever since repeal had closed a speakeasy he'd had on Grand Avenue.Direct Wire
- US a place where alcoholic drink was sold illicitly during Prohibition
Word Origin and History for speakeasy
"unlicensed saloon," 1889 (in New York "Voice"), from speak + easy; so called from the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police and neighbors. The word gained wide currency in U.S. during Prohibition (1920-1932). In early 19c. Irish and British dialect, a speak softly shop meant "smuggler's den."