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[saw-nuh, sou-] /ˈsɔ nə, ˈsaʊ-/
a bath that uses dry heat to induce perspiration, and in which steam is produced by pouring water on heated stones.
a bathhouse or room, usually of wood, equipped for such a bath.
verb (used without object), saunaed, saunaing.
to take a sauna:
to sauna after exercising.
Origin of sauna
1880-85; < Finnish Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sauna
  • The air underneath them is stagnant, as in a sauna, but their foliage is the only available shade.
  • By the time the three doctors have finished their work, the sun is high and the pool is as hot as a sauna.
  • If the system failed, the pool could boil, turning the plant into a lethal sauna filled with clouds of radioactive steam.
  • The public sauna has been closed and the lights have been dimmed at the indoor community pool.
  • Public swimming pool is any swimming pool, spa or sauna which is open to the general public.
  • Do not smoke, exercise, eat or drink beverages in the sauna room.
  • sauna dealer won't be out of hot water any time soon.
  • Fully climate-controlled, our indoor locker rooms feature plenty of locker and shower space and even a sauna.
  • Family suites are available as are executive suites, which include a dry sauna.
  • The property includes a large whirlpool spa and sauna.
British Dictionary definitions for sauna


an invigorating bath originating in Finland in which the bather is subjected to hot steam, usually followed by a cold plunge or by being lightly beaten with birch twigs
the place in which such a bath is taken
Word Origin
C20: from Finnish
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Word Origin and History for sauna

1881, from Finnish sauna.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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