Definition of juke joint in English:

juke joint

(also jook joint)

noun

North American
informal
  • A bar featuring music on a jukebox and typically having an area for dancing.

    ‘a way of getting beyond the dive bars and juke joints and into professional arenas’
    • ‘But the Stones, having borrowed their early repertoire, started off as if they were addressing the women who populated the cotton fields and juke joints of the Delta.’
    • ‘And in Ode to Joy, they've finally made an album that's dangerous enough to ignite moonshine jars in a juke joint but also big enough to hit the last rows in the cathedral balcony.’
    • ‘With the blues band we played the juke joints of Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas.’
    • ‘Hearing the raw power of Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside working a juke joint changed all that.’
    • ‘Ruben Luna sees Ernie as his ticket to pay dirt, a way of getting beyond the dive bars and juke joints and into professional arenas in and around that so called plump paradise.’
    • ‘Bars and juke joints have given way to day-care centers and fast-food joints.’
    • ‘He got into music early, and by the age of 13 was playing at the segregated black juke joints across the highway.’
    • ‘In the '90s he was discovered playing at a local juke joint and was soon recording with Jon Spencer.’
    • ‘This is a full-length biography of the electrifying bluesman and rock 'n' roller who began his music career playing juke joints throughout the Mississippi Delta after working as a sharecropper.’
    • ‘Swing originated in the juke joints and rent parties of Kansas City, Chicago and Harlem.’
    • ‘Maryl's faux-mermaid philosophy is ‘keep that smile on your face, even when you're drowning’ - but using wood from a burnt-down juke joint to build a coffin wins best metaphor in an inspired script written in blood and sea salt.’
    • ‘He began playing the guitar at seven and by the age of 12 he was hanging out at black juke joints on the outskirts of town, jamming and absorbing the blues, R & B and soul.’
    • ‘Following his spurned overture, he was drinking at a juke joint with Sonny Boy Williamson.’
    • ‘Even if you ignore his sizable catalogue of electrified Mississippi blues, you still gotta give him credit for keeping music alive in his legendary juke joint.’
    • ‘The juke joint that he builds attracts no customers.’
    • ‘The 80-years-old T-Model and Spam, his drummer, are well known for their ability to keep southern juke joints rockin’ into the wee hours.’
    • ‘One long-time Ensley resident said, ‘There was nothing but juke joints and bars all up and down the street.’’
    • ‘Of course I've never been there you understand, but the drinking establishment set the stage for one of Papa's war stories and in 1943 Luigi's was a one-tune juke joint.’
    • ‘Junior also owned a juke joint, and every Sunday night - well, you get the idea.’
    • ‘There are chain gangs and juke joints and no interest in career.’

Origin

1930s: from juke + joint.