Definition of Public house

1. Noun. Tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals.

Exact synonyms: Gin Mill, Pothouse, Pub, Saloon, Taphouse
Specialized synonyms: Alehouse, Free House
Terms within: Bar, Barroom, Ginmill, Saloon, Taproom
Generic synonyms: Tap House, Tavern
Geographical relationships: Britain, Great Britain, U.k., Uk, United Kingdom, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland

Definition of Public house

1. Noun. (chiefly British) An establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages to be consumed on or off the premises; they often provide meals and sometimes accommodation. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Public House

public discussion
public domain
public enemies
public enemy
public executioner
public exposure
public eye
public figure
public figures
public finance
public good
public health
public holiday
public holidays
public house (current term)
public housing
public interest
public intoxication
public key
public key certificate
public key cryptography
public keys
public knowledge
public lavatory
public law
public lecture
public library
public life
public limited companies

Literary usage of Public house

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Cinema; Its Present Position and Future Possibilities by National Council of Public Morals, Cinema Commission of Inquiry (1917)
"Apart from the picture house the only resort that is offered to the teeming masses above the prohibited ages is the public-house, with its constant ..."

2. The Judicial Dictionary, of Words and Phrases Judicially Interpreted: To by Frederick Stroud (1903)
"A clause, in a lease against the use of the premises "as a Public- house ... Public-house," used sometimes to be employed in the sense of a Tollhouse (R. v. ..."

3. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1905)
"He defines 'tavern* aa a public house where entertainment and accommodation for ... Unless so appropriated by a guest, it is a part of the public house, ..."

4. The Antiquary (1873)
"JACK STRAW—What were the particulars of the life of this hero, and has the public house at Hampstead Heath which bears the name of " Jack Straw's Castle ..."

5. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1909)
"... which they subsequently exchanged for a public-house in Cock Alley, Cripple- gate. He soon sought a livelihood by blackmailing thieves and trafficking ..."

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