from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A disreputable old-time saloon or bawdyhouse.
- n. An early style of jazz characterized by boisterous piano playing, free group improvisation, and an accented two-beat rhythm.
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- n. A rough and tumble drinking establishment.
- n. A loud, percussive type of blues piano suitable for noisy bars or taverns.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cheap drinking and dancing establishment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cheap drinking and dancing establishment
From barrel + house. Originally used to refer specifically to a bar that served whiskey directly from the barrel. (Wiktionary)