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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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  • Slowly she marched out of the castle, across the courtyard, and over to the sauna.

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  • Once they got her inside they locked the door and set the sauna a-fire.

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  • Suyettar thought that this would be a fine chance to wash the dust from her eyes, so she let them lead her to the sauna.

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  • They left her burning in the sauna while they hurried homewards.

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  • There are many Finns in the community who still use the sauna, or steam bath, of their native land.

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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.

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