public house

noun

Definition of public house

1 : inn, hostelry
2 chiefly British : a licensed saloon or bar

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 The vibe crisscrosses eras and social circles — a public house with a private club clientele, the Tam O’Shanter booked out by the Soho House crowd — in an only-in-L.A. blur of scenery. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2022 In many cases, the local pub or eatery is still truly a public house, a pillar of the community. Jon Taffer, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 13 May 2018 See More

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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 18 Aug. 2022.

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