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public house

British. a tavern.
an inn or hostelry.
Origin of public house
See hotel. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His tongue was tired for he had been talking all the afternoon in a public-house in Dorset Street.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • The only thing was that the Cockchafer, whatever one might say about it, was a public-house.

  • One day when she was ashore with her mates, they turned into a public-house to have dinner.

    The Strange Story Book Mrs. Andrew Lang
  • We build the school and the church, and then we open beside them the public-house.

  • It was just six o'clock, and the public-house opposite the Serendipity shop was lighting up.

  • It was close to a public-house, but did not belong to the public-house.

  • They went in, as we have shown the reader, to a public-house.

    Lha Dhu; Or, The Dark Day William Carleton
  • As I have said, the public-house has its value in their scheme of living.

    Change in the Village (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  • "Carriage;—yes; of course I want the carriage," he said to the unfortunate boy at the public-house.

    The Belton Estate Anthony Trollope
  • If they condemned him for going there, he would avoid the public-house.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for public-house

public house

(Brit) the formal name for pub
(US & Canadian) an inn, tavern, or small hotel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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