\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, café (also cafe), cantina [Southwest], dramshop, gin mill, grogshop [chiefly British], public house [chiefly British], saloon, taproom, tavern, watering hole, watering place

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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

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The drink first became popular in Western Europe during the 18th century at pubs in northern England and Scotland, where barmen would pour hot water into their Scotch and sip the drink to stay warm. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Make a Hot Toddy," 6 Sep. 2018 One incident involving a supporter sickeningly issuing a Nazi salute during the group stage at a Volgograd pub aside, organizers and Russian police have spoken positively of the group. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "England fans damage ambulance, set record for emergency calls," 8 July 2018 Business Insider reports that several cast members of Game of Thrones were spotted at a pub in Belfast, Northern Ireland, over the weekend. Megan Friedman, Esquire, "Who's Hiding in This Photo of the Game of Thrones Cast's Night Out Drinking?," 6 Mar. 2018 There was an old-fashion wooden bar with British pub fair being passed around. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Cara Delevingne on Fragrance, the Fashion Industry, and What Makes London Such a Special City," 11 Oct. 2018 Before his job with Casamigos, Brooksbank worked in the hospitality business, in roles at various pubs like Admiral Codrington and the Markham Inn. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's How Princess Eugenie's Fiancé Jack Brooksbank Is Connected to George Clooney," 8 Oct. 2018 There’s way more to London then the Royals, pub-hopping and fish n’ chips—for nine splendid days in September, the city turns into a design lover's dream during their annual London Design Festival. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "Go Inside The London Design Festival, AKA Fashion Week For Decor Addicts," 2 Oct. 2018 When the league relocated, the pub saw its base diminished and went bankrupt; its owners were forced to sell. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "9 maximalist interiors that get the style right," 4 Sep. 2018 Angus & Julia Stone would go down and busk in Manly and Sydney, at the beach or the pubs. Billboard, "The Down Underdogs: Australian Alternative Artists on Making it Big in America and at Home," 13 July 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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