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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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But later, players on both teams shared pints at the Irish centre’s pub. Lauren Fox,, "Rough-and-tumble Gaelic football is a hit on both sides of the Atlantic," 15 Aug. 2019 Alpine Pedaler Why do a pub crawl when a pub pedal is available? Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Floating tiki bar, haunted pub crawl: 10 places for end-of-summer road trips in Arizona," 14 Aug. 2019 But what’s an even bigger scandal is that pubs have been located down there for years, decades even. Sam Sokol,, "Preschool opens at former concentration camp in Serbia," 14 Aug. 2019 Officials at Market Street have scheduled a wide range of musical acts and singers for the popular Fall Concert Series, which is hosted in the Central Park area of the shopping venue adjacent to numerous pubs, shops and restaurants. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Market Street in Woodlands unveils free fall concert series," 13 Aug. 2019 Liverpool fans celebrated in bars and pubs until the morning after that famous win milking the alcohol stocks in the main commercial district of Istanbul dry. Gul Tuysuz, CNN, "Istanbul bar owners braced for English soccer fans," 13 Aug. 2019 Alongside his son Steve, Chuck stopped at an Iowa City pub called the Airliner. Char Adams,, "Husband and Kids Embark on 11K-Mile Journey to Honor Late Wife's Wishes: 'She Did This for Us'," 13 Aug. 2019 Neighborhood schools and churches throughout Oregon and Washington have been creatively repurposed into thriving pubs, restaurants, theaters and retail shops. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: A stay-at-home strategy to combat gun violence (8/10/19)," 11 Aug. 2019 The tunes are often traditional folk numbers, played on fiddles, the piano, the accordion and the clarsach (bagpipes) in cosy pubs. G.k. | Glasgow And Edinburgh, The Economist, "A young Scottish pianist marries folk with jazz," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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