[ shuh-been ]
/ ʃəˈbin /

noun Scot., Irish English, South African.

a tavern or house where liquor is sold illegally.

Origin of shebeen

1780–90; < Irish síbín illicit whiskey, place where such whiskey is sold (ellipsis from teach síbín shebeen house), orig., a unit of measure < English chopin1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shebeen



/ (ʃɪˈbiːn) /


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 for shebeen

C18: from Irish Gaelic síbín beer of poor quality
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