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[puhb] /pʌb/
a bar or tavern.
1855-60; short for public house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for pubs
  • Fruit machines are commonly found in pubs, clubs, arcades, and some takeaway food shops.
  • Cafe busking is done mostly in restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes.
  • pubs will typically use tables which are often coinoperated.
  • pubs and clubs, unlike in the west, have remained a minority pursuit so far.
  • The town also has a large concentration of pubs and bars in the central district.
  • They were, however, great friends and caroused together in the pubs of london.
British Dictionary definitions for pubs


(mainly Brit) Formal name public house. a building with a bar and one or more public rooms licensed for the sale and consumption of alcoholic drink, often also providing light meals
(Austral & NZ) a hotel
verb pubs, pubbing, pubbed
(intransitive) (informal) to visit a pub or pubs (esp in the phrase go pubbing)
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Word Origin and History for pubs



1859, slang shortening of public house (see public (adj.)), which originally meant "any building open to the public" (1570s), then "inn that provides food and is licensed to sell ale, wine, and spirits" (1660s), and finally "tavern" (1768). Pub crawl first attested 1910 in British slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pubs

pub 1


A saloon; bar; tavern: a round of Long Island pubs

[1859+ British; fr British public, fr public house]

pub 2


Publicity: You know Dallas is going to get all that pub (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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