Meaning of barrelhouse

bar•rel•house

Pronunciation: (bar'ul-hous"), [key]
— pl. -hous•es
  1. a cheap saloon, esp. one in New Orleans in the early part of the 20th century: so called from the racks of liquor barrels originally placed along the walls.
  2. a vigorous style of jazz originating in the barrelhouses of New Orleans in the early part of the 20th century.
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