public house

noun

1
2
chiefly British : a licensed saloon or bar

Examples of public house in a Sentence

took lodging at a public house that had recently been completely renovated visited a public house in London that has been welcoming customers since the time of Charles Dickens
Recent Examples on the Web In 1742, Franklin repeatedly suspended work on Pamela to print lottery tickets, licenses for peddlers and public houses, sheriff’s warrants, naval certificates, soap wrappers, medical cures, bookplates for libraries, 1,000 hat bills, Irish Society tickets, and thousands of advertisements. Adam Smyth, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2024 The pub — situated next to the Wrexham Association Football Club's stadium, Racecourse Ground — is the oldest public house at any sports stadium in the world. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 1 Mar. 2024 Their style, the main calling card, was loosely based on English public houses from the late Middle Ages through early modern eras. David Reamer | Alaska History, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2023 Jonathan Nichols first hung the white horse outside — a universal sign of a public house — and gave the tavern its name. Carlos R. Muñoz, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Feb. 2023 Pub is an abbreviation of public house—a meeting place for all comers (children and dogs are admitted, too). Oliver Smith, Outside Online, 15 Jan. 2020 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of public house was in 1658

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“Public house.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public%20house. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

public house

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

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