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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 Former owner Darin Mislan will continue to oversee day-to-day operations at the pub, according to a release. Christina Tkacik,, "Baltimore’s Atlas Restaurant Group to take over Admiral’s Cup in Fells Point," 14 Oct. 2020 During lockdown, Georgie Hodge* turned her front garden into a 'pub'. Eleanor Morgan,, "Even Moderate Drinking Is Damaging Our Health, So Why Do We Do It?," 11 Oct. 2020 Before this week, the Prince of Peckham pub was regaining stable footing after losing several months’ worth of sales to a national lockdown. Thomas Buckley,, "U.K. Pubs Count Cost of an Hour as Curfew Hits Bruised Bars," 27 Sep. 2020 In addition to their tasting room, Alpine also has a casual pub, aptly named The Pub, which serves up classic comfort food that pairs well with a pint. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Breweries in San Diego," 26 Sep. 2020 Sunday will be last call at Rogue Ale’s Pearl Public House, a Portland pub forced to close because of costs and the economic fallout caused by social distancing brought on by COVID-19. oregonlive, "Rogue Ales is closing its Pearl Public House on Sunday, ending a 20-year run," 18 Sep. 2020 An elderly hiker who disappeared in northeast England during a hailstorm over the weekend turned up at the press conference his family held in a pub to try and find him. Author: Jami Ganz, Anchorage Daily News, "80-year-old U.K. hiker missing for days turns up at pub conference about his disappearance," 10 Sep. 2020 People broke into a Target store and stole merchandise and set a popular British pub on fire. Jeff Baenen, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis calm morning after man's suicide sparked unrest," 27 Aug. 2020 In addition to Roman-era artifacts, the team uncovered evidence of a pub or inn likely used in the 18th century. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Unearth Remnants of 18th-Century Pub in Slovakia," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of pub


1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Oct 2020

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“Pub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 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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