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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

bar, barroom, café (also cafe), cantina [Southwest], dramshop, gin mill, grogshop [chiefly British], public house [chiefly British], saloon, taproom, tavern, watering hole, watering place

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Examples of pub in a Sentence


We ate at a lot of good pubs on our trip to England last summer. coworkers enjoying the convivial atmosphere of the Irish pub

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The subject of the story, who swiftly exited the classroom for the nearest pub, was the Oxford University don and best-selling author Clive Staples Lewis. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "C. S. Lewis: Oxford Don vs. the Devil," 31 Aug. 2019 Kells Brewery sampler Why go: Because who doesn’t love a cozy Irish pub, especially one that brews good craft beer? Andre Meunier,, "Kells, once just a famous Irish pub, now a flourishing beer maker: Portland Breweries Series," 28 Aug. 2019 Founded in 1799, Greene King operates around 2,700 pubs, which CK Asset believes will continue to form a central part of British culture long after Brexit. The Economist, "Business this week," 22 Aug. 2019 Spirit House, located directly behind SanTan’s Chandler pub, is a small space where patrons can sip on SanTan spirits and craft cocktails highlighting SanTan’s varieties of vodka, whiskey and gin. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "'All spirits start as beers': Why Arizona's biggest craft brewer started making whiskey," 18 July 2019 Belfast was hiking and pubs, men who told me their war stories and women who laughed at men’s war stories. Jen Mcguire, Good Housekeeping, "Instead of Mourning the Loss of My Boys, I Set Off to Find Who I Was Without Them," 17 June 2019 Her mother, Courtney Kennedy Hill, is the fifth of Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy’s 11 children, and her father, Paul Michael Hill, was one of four people falsely convicted in the 1974 Irish Republican Army bombings of two pubs. Joshua Miller,, "Kennedy family gathers for funeral of 22-year-old Saoirse Kennedy Hill on Cape Cod," 5 Aug. 2019 Hill's father, Paul Michael Hill, was one of four men falsely convicted in the 1974 Irish Republican Army bombings of two pubs in Guildford, England. Fox News, "RFK granddaughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22, found dead at family compound," 2 Aug. 2019 Her father, Paul Michael Hill, was one of four falsely convicted in the 1974 Irish Republican Army bombings of two pubs, according The Associated Press. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "Saoirse Roisin Hill, granddaughter of RFK and Ethel Kennedy, found dead at family compound," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pub


1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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