a bar or tavern.

Origin of pub

First recorded in 1855–60; short for public house

pub. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pub

Contemporary Examples of pub

Historical Examples of pub

  • There was a pub down the street, within fifty yards of the gate.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Turn to the right, run three hundred yards, and there's a pub on the left.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • Darlin': Yer must set me up in a pub in Bristol—with brass beer-pulls.

    Wappin' Wharf

    Charles S. Brooks

  • And, although none of us had any inclination to go into her father's pub.

  • I did ear some talk about it in a pub one night, Chipmunk admitted.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

British Dictionary definitions for pub



Formal name: public house mainly British 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
Australian and NZ a hotel

verb pubs, pubbing or pubbed

(intr) informal to visit a pub or pubs (esp in the phrase go pubbing)


abbreviation for

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Word Origin and History for pub

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.

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