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  1. juke, jook, juke joint, jook joint, juke house, jook house(noun)

    a small roadside establishment in the southeastern United States where you can eat and drink and dance to music provided by a jukebox

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  1. juke joint(Noun)

    an informal drinking establishment featuring blues music and dancing; primarily operated by African American people in the southeastern United States.

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  1. Juke joint

    Juke joint is the vernacular term for an informal establishment featuring music, dancing, gambling, and drinking, primarily operated by African American people in the southeastern United States. The term "juke" is believed to derive from the Gullah word joog, meaning rowdy or disorderly. A juke joint may also be called a "barrelhouse". Classic juke joints found, for example, at rural crossroads, catered to the rural work force that began to emerge after the emancipation. Plantation workers and sharecroppers needed a place to relax and socialize following a hard week, particularly since they were barred from most white establishments by Jim Crow laws. Set up on the outskirts of town, often in ramshackle buildings or private houses, juke joints offered food, drink, dancing and gambling for weary workers. Owners made extra money selling groceries or moonshine to patrons, or providing cheap room and board.


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