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[tap-hous] /ˈtæpˌhaʊs/
noun, plural taphouses
[tap-hou-ziz] /ˈtæpˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA).
an inn or tavern where liquor for sale is kept on tap.
Origin of taphouse
First recorded in 1490-1500; tap2 + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For mine own part, I never come into any room in a taphouse, but I am drawn in.

    Measure for Measure William Shakespeare
  • It is to Mr. taphouse that I owe my introduction to the pipe and tabor which form the subject of a paper in this volume.

    Rustic Sounds Francis Darwin
  • Mr. taphouse remembered very well the days when the pipe and drum were heard all round Oxford at fairs and village festivals.

    Rustic Sounds Francis Darwin
British Dictionary definitions for taphouse


(rare) an inn or bar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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