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shebeen

[ shuh-been ]

noun

, Scot., Irish English, South African.
  1. a tavern or house where liquor is sold illegally.


shebeen

/ ʃɪˈbiːn /

noun

  1. a place where alcoholic drink is sold illegally
  2. (in Ireland) alcohol, esp home-distilled whiskey, sold without a licence
  3. (in South Africa) a place where Black African men engage in social drinking
  4. (in the US and Ireland) weak beer


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Word History and Origins

Origin of shebeen1

1780–90; < Irish síbín illicit whiskey, place where such whiskey is sold (ellipsis from teach síbín shebeen house), originally, a unit of measure < English chopin

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Word History and Origins

Origin of shebeen1

C18: from Irish Gaelic síbín beer of poor quality

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Example Sentences

Shebeen or sheebeen; an unlicensed public-house or alehouse where spirits are sold on the sly.

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.

Schele de Vere derives it from the French cabane, but it seems rather more likely that it is from the Irish shebeen.

In this lane at the time to which we allude the widow Mulready kept the shebeen shop, of which mention has before been made.

We pulled up near a picturesque little shebeen, to water the horses and get our Highland wraps well about us.

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