- a tavern or house where liquor is sold illegally.
Origin of shebeen
Examples from the Web for shebeen
"'Twas at Micky's shebeen that they had the first encounther wid the inimy," said old Martin.
A reconciliation took place, and in due time it was determined that Peter, as he understood poteen, should open a shebeen house.
Shebeen, an unlicensed place where spirituous liquors are illegally sold.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
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
- Irish, Scot and Southern African a place where alcoholic drink is sold illegally
- (in Ireland) alcohol, esp home-distilled whiskey, sold without a licence
- (in South Africa) a place where Black African men engage in social drinking
- (in the US and Ireland) weak beer
Word Origin and History 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.