from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An inn, restaurant, or nightclub located on a road outside a town or city.

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  • n. An inn or similar establishment situated beside a road beyond the jurisdiction of a town or city

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an inn (usually outside city limits on a main road) providing meals and liquor and dancing and (sometimes) gambling


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Mr. WEINZWEIG: Right now I'm actually very high on what we call the roadhouse bread.

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  • Refurbishing former tonic water factory digs with their own four hands, the husband & wife team behind Mable's stocked their airy, industrial barn-steezed "roadhouse" with long communal tables set with chairs they either built themselves or sourced from flea markets, a giant buck head shot by the owner's cousin, and a central bar lit by hanging rusted buckets, setting the mood for anyone looking to get nailed.

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  • While defending my country during the Korean Police Action, I was in the Air Force teaching Electronics at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville Ill. I often found myself with friends drinking beers in a "roadhouse" about five miles from my base.

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  • There's been a halfhearted attempt to give the dining area a theatrical "roadhouse" motif, but that silly idea doesn't work in the center of a neatly manicured shopping district in a suburb.

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  • As he put it, "If the New York City Opera [managers] could have [their] way, they would get rid of all weekly artists, and turn the opera into what is called a roadhouse-a place where artists come in, per performance, at the management's decision.

    City Opera, New York's No. 2 Troupe,Is Belting for Diva-Size Wages

  • In later interviews, Atanasoff could not recall the name of the "roadhouse" where he had the drink.


  • R E from Toronto, Canada writes: 'Zarko Budisavljevic from Canada writes: Probably best for Dalton (funny, he just doesn't look like he did in' roadhouse ') to get some manly assistance for this issue ....... how about hiring Mike Harris as a special consultant?'

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  • It was a rakehelly dive, a kind of roadhouse where the ‘mobility’ — that’s the joke name of the period for the tarts and townees who had transport — used to ride out of the city for a feed, what we’d call a barbecue, and a punch-up.

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  • SFHD), of Brentwood, Tenn., operates Santa Fe Cattle Co., one of the nation's fastest growing casual dining "roadhouse" steak restaurant chains.

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  • His “big buck with roadhouse onions” is after the jump …

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