Also an Estonian word for a warm room (temperatures around 80-140°C) "used for cleansing and relaxation even more importantly". Pronounced "sow-na" not "saw-na". Can also be accompanies by the drinking of beer, or even better, vodka (From a bottle that has been kept in a freezer... goes down like water!)! For the more daring, in early winter can be accompanied by a jump in the lake, as long as the ice isn't too thick. For the REALLY daring, cut a hole in the ice (not too deep out) and jump in. For those bordering on INSANE, you can cut two holes in the ice a distance apart, run a rope between them (in the water) and pull yourself between the two holes. Not recommended for those who are drunk.

Sauna is extremely important to Finns and Estonians. If either has not been in a sauna for more than a week, this is cause to see a psychiatrist.

Another traditional aspect to the sauna is the vihta. This essentially is a bunch of small birch twigs (with many leaves) bundled together. This bundle is dipped in cold water, then warmed on the sauna stove to soften the leaves. The vihta is that lightly slapped onto the body. Very good for the circulation. Other materials have been used for vihtas when birch is not available. Some the author has seen/heard of are oak leaves and cedar. Oak leaves are much more resilient that birch, but to not create as nice a smell in the sauna.
Sauna is pronounced "sow-na" not "saw-na" you non-Nordic ignoramous!
by Erik Miitel February 16, 2007
A Finnish word for a warm room (temperatures around 80-140°C) used for cleansing and relaxation even more importantly. A sauna is equipped with wooden seating (in Finnish lauteet) and a casing holding an amount of stones heated by electricity or by burning wood (kiuas). Water is thrown on these hot rocks to create steam which makes you sweat thus making the dirt on your skin loosen. Traditionally going to sauna is accompanied by couple of beers and swimming in lake (summertime) or rolling in snow (wintertime). For Finns sauna is almost a holy place and great care has to be taken to behave in a corresponding manner (no farting, no yelling :).
"Let's go to sauna and after that have some beers."
by Banaani September 05, 2004
A room filled with hot steam where you can find hot girls and hairy, sweaty, Greek men.
Palithimos and Marissa went to the sauna the other day.
by Abdul Majtu al-Fabukk March 15, 2013
When your smoking marijuana in a vehicle it becomes like a steam box
Lets go to the sauna in or car man!
by Zanthony May 23, 2014
Pretty much what Swedes and Finns and some Knucks do to keep themselve warm and to make out!!!
Whoa lets crank up the heat to 250 and make out in this sauna
by kycam April 21, 2010
A place where people (usually two dudes) have sex. This usually happens after meeting at a bar or other establishment.
Hey, let's go to the sauna.
by t57t February 19, 2009
When two people decide they want to turn up the heat in bed. This will get very hot and steamy.
Hey you do you want to have a sauna in my room tonight.
by John LeShare May 08, 2008

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