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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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Waiting until after the St Patrick’s Day rush means taking in old pubs and winding cobblestones sans drunken crowds. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "The 10 Best Vacations You Can Take With Your Tax Refund," 18 Mar. 2019 Harry & Meghan's Windsor Knot will be available starting March 28 in the Royal Farm store in Windsor and in pubs around London and Windsor. Emma Baty, Cosmopolitan, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Officially Have Their Own Wedding Beer," 14 Mar. 2018 Back in town, this beloved pub gets busy after the lifts close. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Hard to Get to, Harder to Leave: Why Revelstoke, B.C. Is Skiing’s Hottest Destination Right Now," 22 Feb. 2019 Photo by Luca Beel For years, a corner pub in Ghent, Belgium, had been a popular watering hole for fans of local soccer team K.A.A. Ghent. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "9 maximalist interiors that get the style right," 4 Sep. 2018 Guinness Storehouse The headquarters of Ireland's most famous beer adds a bit of culture and history to your vacation drinking—giving you some depth beyond throwing back a pint in a pub (not that there's anything wrong with that). Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things to Do in Dublin For Everyone," 19 June 2018 Less than two years later, the ramen restaurant is close to opening a Jacksonville location and has announced a Japanese-style pub in the Mills 50 district. Kyle Arnold,, "Orlando restaurants seek to grow aggressively after quick starts," 18 June 2018 On Thursday, a birthday fund-raiser is being held for Leach in a Montgomery County pub — and the invitation telegraphs that a broad swath of the party and its financiers are standing behind him. Chris Brennan,, "The Democratic establishment is standing behind Daylin Leach after #MeToo allegations | Clout," 15 June 2018 This weekend will be the bartender's 47th holiday spent working in a pub, and his 17th at The Flat Iron Cafe, Cleveland's oldest Irish bar. Nikki Delamotte,, "Meet two longtime employees of the Flat Iron Cafe, Cleveland's oldest Irish bar," 14 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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