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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

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Examples of pub in a Sentence

Noun 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 The pub's owner, Johnny McFadden, who is also a farmer, decided to install the electric fencing to keep his employees safe, the South West News Service reported. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "One bar's shocking way to keep customers at a safe distance: An electric fence," 13 July 2020 Kristen Nauss, 48, a marketing director from Grand Rapids, has planned trips with her firefighter husband Matthew Donald, 47, to include stops at the brew pub for the past two years. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Easy-to-miss Mackinaw City brewery's beloved food saved it during coronavirus," 3 July 2020 New Perspective Senior Living offers tenants a fitness center, indoor warm-water pool, a dining room, café, pub, salon/spa, movie theater, dance hall, and more. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new senior living facility recently opened as part of the Ballpark Commons development in Franklin," 25 June 2020 Downs, 29, is white and works at the pub Nine Irish Brothers on Mass Ave. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "'There's two cities coexisting': Service industry workers walk out, rally for black lives," 6 June 2020 Four days after reopening, Mr. D’Esposito shut the pub down. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Behind New Covid-19 Outbreaks: America’s Patchwork of Policies," 9 July 2020 And, while it can be redeemed at a gastropub, the voucher does not cover the price of alcohol—making the discount nearly as complicated as the U.K.'s government's rules for going to the pub in the first place. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "Meals out, babysitters, and hotel stays: Europe is trying to save its economy with elaborate giveaway schemes," 9 July 2020 Harp spent much of April and May adapting to the reality of the lockdown at his pub. William Thornton |, al, "‘One surprise after another’: How one Alabama city’s economy is adapting to coronavirus," 5 July 2020 The pub has just three tables inside and 10 outside., "England’s Pubs Reopen, Just Don’t Try to Drink at the Bar," 4 July 2020

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First Known Use of pub


1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Jul 2020

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“Pub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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