barrelhouse

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Etymology[edit]

From barrel +‎ house. Originally used to refer specifically to a bar that served whiskey directly from the barrel.

Noun[edit]

barrelhouse ‎(plural barrelhouses)

  1. A rough and tumble drinking establishment.
    • 2008 January 14, Ben Ratliff, “Jazz Showcase Fever Propels a Mini Marathon”, in New York Times[1]:
      It’s beautiful, but never naïvely so; the pastoral moments were offset by barrelhouse intrusions.
  2. (music) A loud, percussive type of blues piano suitable for noisy bars or taverns.

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