Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
1. A disreputable old-time saloon or house of prostitution.
2. An early style of jazz characterized by boisterous piano playing, group improvisation, and a two-beat rhythm.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. US a cheap and disreputable drinking establishment
a. a vigorous and unpolished style of jazz for piano, originating in the barrelhouses of New Orleans
b. (as modifier): barrelhouse blues.
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
n., pl. -hous•es (-ˌhaʊ zɪz)
1. a cheap saloon.
2. a style of jazz originating in the barrelhouses of New Orleans in the early 20th century.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||barrelhouse - a cheap drinking and dancing establishment|
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.