from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A place for the illegal sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks, as during Prohibition in the United States.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An illegal saloon or tavern operated during the American Prohibition period in the 1920s.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (during prohibition) an illegal barroom
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The term speakeasy is far from what I’d call 57 Napoli.
We now have "speakeasy" - type establishments all over the country.
Recalling the era, the songwriter Alec Wilder once said, “A pretty girl in a speakeasy was the most beautiful girl in the world.”
The speakeasy was a substitute for the saloon that would prove to be much more than a saloon.
Upstairs hidden away, above a speakeasy was the John Barlett show.
Chef Alvin Leung has gone from preparing meals at home for guests to running a private kitchen known as a speakeasy, and then to an upscale showcase in which he has finally hit his stride.
A basement under the kitchen, described by Hartzer as "speakeasy" in design, will showcase a chef's tasting room.
Moby also appeared at a Wanderlust "speakeasy", as this year's event grew to include a to include a series of TED-inspired lectures on health, wellness, environment, media, cooking and meditation lead by him and other recognizable names like Mariel Hemmingway, and Adrian Grenier.
A "speakeasy" sort of joint - getting a reservation at Milk and Honey is not per your standard fare.
In fact, a reader informs me that fire marshals recently arrested the proprietor of that "speakeasy" from the final episode of "Pedaling."