\ˈpəb \

Definition of pub 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 chiefly British : public house sense 2

2 : an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed

Definition of pub (Entry 2 of 2)

1 public

2 publication

3 publicity

4 published; publisher; publishing

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Synonyms for pub

Synonyms: Noun

bar, barroom, saloon, tavern

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Examples of pub in a Sentence


We ate at a lot of good pubs on our trip to England last summer. coworkers enjoying the convivial atmosphere of the Irish pub

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That all changed with Anastasia, the bartender at The Red Corner, a pub at 6 Nekrasova Street in Saint Petersburg. Steven Shundich,, "World Cup 2018: Dispatches from TML Mobster/Guest Hemingway in Russia, Episode 2," 4 July 2018 Jones Brothers books an additional 2,500-3,000 flights per year, including plane-boat-train excursions and bar hop fly-ins to waterfront pubs. Nancy Moreland, The Seattle Times, "Ready for takeoff: A nervous flyer takes on America’s Seaplane City," 3 July 2018 North 45 Pub: The neighborhood pub will screen games on its 80-inch television on its patio during regular business hours. Jamie Goldberg,, "Where to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Portland: List of bars, pubs, food and drink specials and more," 11 June 2018 Since its debut in 2009, Lokal, a contemporary take on Czech pubs from the past, has become one of city’s top haunts for the beer on tap. Kat Odell, Vogue, "Where to Find the Fruits of Prague’s Food Revolution," 7 July 2018 The patio has been there since the pub opened some five years ago, but only last year a massive decorative pergola was added to shelter diners. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 great restaurants in Greendale, West Allis with outdoor seating (and some old favorites)," 14 June 2018 To start a conversation about immigration rights, a pub in Detroit opened a St. Patrick's Day bar that treats people the way America used to treat the Irish. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland Co. woman takes deadly fall down stairs on St. Patrick's Day," 19 Mar. 2018 To start a conversation about immigration rights, a pub in Detroit opened a St. Patrick's Day bar that treats people the way America used to treat the Irish. Ann Zaniewski, USA TODAY, "Detroit pub refused to serve Irish people at St. Patrick's Day Parade — to make a point," 17 Mar. 2018 This classic Irish pub is celebrating its 108th St. Pat’s., "St. Patrick's Day Party Guide 2018: 45 things to do in Cleveland," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pub


1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pub

: a building or room especially in Britain or Ireland where alcoholic drinks and often food are served


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Kids Definition of pub

: an establishment where alcoholic drinks are served

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