public house

noun

Definition of public house

2 chiefly British : a licensed saloon or bar

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Examples of public house in a Sentence

took lodging at a cheap public house in a seedy part of town visited a public house in London that has been welcoming customers since the time of Charles Dickens
Recent Examples on the Web This was a public house in the truest sense—the kind of establishment that is increasingly rare in American life. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "America's Best Runners' Bar Is Closing," 22 Apr. 2020 Much like Captain Kidd and Johanna, the quartet moves from place to place, navigating saloons, hotels, dance halls, public houses and other places trying to string together a meager wage. New York Times, "Paulette Jiles’s New Novel Goes Deep in the Heart of Texas," 14 Apr. 2020 The parish hall on Sunday nights was most like a bar, an actual public house, a place to go, a habit. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "How Cooking Dinner Can Change Your Life," 12 Feb. 2020 Scruton is a philosopher and conservative thinker of great renown, and he had been put on a government commission dedicated to the building of more beautiful public houses. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Ben Penn’s Bad-Faith Hit Job on Leif Olson," 3 Sep. 2019 Where is the reader to turn for more information about the travesty birth, staged in a public house in 1810, in which, with the assistance of a pair of bellows, a man was delivered of a Cheshire cheese? Caleb Crain, New York Times, "In One City, 2,000 Years of Gay History," 21 June 2018 Bristol Pub Crawl tours taverns and public houses and pours four alcoholic drinks, one at each pub. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, chicagotribune.com, "The Bristol Renaissance Faire takes guests back to 1599," 13 May 2018 According to the Morning Advertiser, the U.K.’s leading trade newspaper for the pub sector, two public houses now close their doors for good every day. Kate Samuelson / London, Time, "The Classic British Pub is Trying to Survive Challenging Times," 4 May 2018 Some of them opened public houses on the merits of their reputation; others took to the stage or the circus. Longreads, "The Roaring Girls of Queer London," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of public house

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Public house.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public%20house. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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