Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

public house

noun

Definition of public house

  1. 1 :  inn, hostelry

  2. 2 chiefly British :  a licensed saloon or bar



Examples of public house

  1. <took lodging at a cheap public house in a seedy part of town>

  2. <visited a public house in London that has been welcoming customers since the time of Charles Dickens>



1658

First Known Use of public house

1658


Learn More about public house


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up public house? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 5, 2016

bread traditionally eaten on Shabbat

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders spindrift pince-nez duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ