noun Scot., Irish English, South African.
Origin of shebeen
Examples from the Web for shebeen
There was a bitter taste in his mouth, and a pain in his ear where somebody'd hit him during a shebeen brawl the night before.The Buttoned Sky|Geoff St. Reynard
Shebeen or sheebeen; an unlicensed public-house or alehouse where spirits are sold on the sly.English As We Speak It in Ireland|P. W. Joyce
On reaching St. John's he would go to a shebeen that he knew, in a narrow and secluded back street, and there rent a room.The Harbor Master|Theodore Goodridge Roberts
In this lane at the time to which we allude the widow Mulready kept the shebeen shop, of which mention has before been made.The Macdermots of Ballycloran|Anthony Trollope
Schele de Vere derives it from the French cabane, but it seems rather more likely that it is from the Irish shebeen.The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
Word Origin for shebeen
"cabin where unlicensed liquor is sold and drunk," 1781, chiefly in Ireland and Scotland, from Irish seibin "small mug," also "bad ale," diminutive of seibe "mug, bottle, liquid measure." The word immigrated and persisted in South African and West Indian English.