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barrelhouse (plural barrelhouses)
- A rough and tumble drinking establishment.
2008 January 14, Ben Ratliff, “Jazz Showcase Fever Propels a Mini Marathon”, New York Times:
- It’s beautiful, but never naïvely so; the pastoral moments were offset by barrelhouse intrusions.
- (music) A loud, percussive type of blues piano suitable for noisy bars or taverns.