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public house

noun
1.
British. a tavern.
2.
an inn or hostelry.
Origin of public house
1565-1575
1565-75
Synonyms
See hotel.
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  • Well, you ain't going to the public house to smoke it, are you?

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • I have no place to go unless it is to some hotel, and I shrink from a public house.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • He had for thirty years kept a public house, and had for some time been in the habit of getting intoxicated.

  • I arrested him very quietly in a corner of the bar of 'Three Nuns' public house.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • The hotel at Greensburg was the first public house in which I had ever taken a meal.

  • Our quarry's next proceeding was to dive into a public house.

    Scally Ian Hay
  • Mr. Northrup built a public house on the west side of Main street, just north of Nelson's alley.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • He nodded his head towards the public house they had passed.

  • Then he resolved to return to a public house he had noticed by the pier.

    Prisoners of Conscience Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • There was something so pitiful about him that I decided to take him into a public house.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
British Dictionary definitions for public house

public house

noun
1.
(Brit) the formal name for pub
2.
(US & Canadian) an inn, tavern, or small hotel
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