[saw-nuh, sou-]
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.

1880–85; < Finnish Unabridged
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sauna (ˈsɔːnə)
1.  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
2.  the place in which such a bath is taken
[C20: from Finnish]

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Word Origin & History

1881, from Finnish sauna.
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Example sentences
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.
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