barrelhouse definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a small, cheap old-time saloon with a row of racked barrels along the wall
- a raucous, driving, unsophisticated style of playing jazz
barrelhouse definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A disreputable old-time saloon or bawdyhouse.
- An early style of jazz characterized by boisterous piano playing, free group improvisation, and an accented two-beat rhythm.