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public house

British. a tavern.
an inn or hostelry.
Origin of public house
First recorded in 1565-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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
  • Well, you ain't going to the public house to smoke it, are you?

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • We must go into the public house, as arranged, and ask where the priest's house is.

  • "We had better go to a public house, and secure a lodging," said Ferguson.

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • I arrested him very quietly in a corner of the bar of 'Three Nuns' public house.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • There would be the windmill, and the smithy, and the public house.

  • He was enjoying a leisure hour or two while his father was at the public house.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • The horses are attached to the sledge, and the soldiers leave the public house.

    The Daughter of an Empress Louise Muhlbach
  • Our quarry's next proceeding was to dive into a public house.


    Ian Hay
  • He nodded his head towards the public house they had passed.

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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