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[rohd-hous] /ˈroʊdˌhaʊs/
noun, plural roadhouses
[rohd-hou-ziz] /ˈroʊdˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
an inn, dance hall, tavern, nightclub, etc., located on a highway, usually beyond city limits.
Origin of roadhouse
1855-60; road + house Unabridged
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  • It was attractive enough as a roadhouse, but it was wretched as an imitation paradise.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • On the way Ismay told him to stop at a roadhouse, got out and brought Nelly a drink.

    The Bandbox Louis Joseph Vance
  • If they stop anywhere, it will be most likely at some roadhouse, where they can drink and smoke, and play pool and cards.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • I'm speaking from a roadhouse in the Bronx; going straight from here to the bank.

    The Boy Scout Richard Harding Davis
  • The roadhouse stands in a garden of flowers well back from the thoroughfare in a nicely kept lawn.

  • The roadhouse is presided over by a very able body of the clan of Ferguson.

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • I took her out to dinner, to a roadhouse, a few days ago, and she said she saw him there.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • A moment more and an automobile carrying four men was speeding to the roadhouse, while Fred rode alongside.

    The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall Spencer Davenport
British Dictionary definitions for roadhouse


a pub, restaurant, etc, that is situated at the side of a road, esp a country road
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Word Origin and History for roadhouse

"inn by a roadside," 1857, later "place for refreshment and entertainment along a road" (1922), from road (n.) + house (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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