from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A place, such as a tavern or bar, that is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.

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  • n. An establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages to be consumed on or off the premises; they often provide meals and sometimes accommodation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. an inn, or house of entertainment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals


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  • THE next day, early in the morning, I sat off again, and about noon stopped at a public house to dine; after the meridan heats were abated, proceeding on till evening, obtained good quarters at a private house, having rode this day about thirty miles.

    Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians.

  • But still, continuing my defence of Mr Faraday — or Uncle William, as I shall always think of him — I rather fancy that if you make inquiries at every public house on the direct route from Grantchester Meadows to Socrates Close you will find that on the Sunday in question Uncle William entered a place of refreshment, took a drink and departed, probably behaving a little queerly.

    Police at the Funeral

  •     Kamahl left the public house and joined the crowds of people heading for the Cabal City pits.

    Chainer's Torment

  • He had the patience to pass with me three days in a public house at Goumoins, whence, by wearying him and making him feel how much he wearied me, I was in hopes of driving him away.

    The Confessions of J J Rousseau

  • ON the corner of Easingbridge Village Green nearest the Ploughman's Arms public house a yellow-coated musketeer was vomiting up his heart and a quantity of beer, oblivious of his admiring audience of small children.

    War Game

  • Once across these we ran up a narrow path between the two basins where there was a village of disused hoppers and barges, and came past the little public house called the Brewery Tap and into Catherine Wheel Yard.

    The Rising of the Moon

  • But he had no help for himself, and at Mrs Jones's he found his wife's brother-in-law seated in the bar of the public house -- that everlasting resort for American loungers -- with a cigar as usual stuck in his mouth, loafing away his time as only American frequenters of such establishments know how to do.

    Dr. Wortle's School

  • Arrived at the market-place, Mrs Bradley went into a small café, ordered coffee (whilst George had some beer at the public house next door but three) and, upon leaving, inquired for Elm Villas.

    Laurels are Poison

  • The next morning they started with us back to Deacon Whitfield's plantation; but when they got within ten miles of where he lived they stopped at a public house to stay over night; and who should we meet there but the Deacon, who was then out looking for me.

    Narrative of the Life and Adventures of an American Slave Written by Himself

  • Well, the night was young when we arrived in that public house, and for all of that first night that public house was what I saw of Japan -- a drinking-place which was very like a drinking-place at home or anywhere else over the world.

    Chapter 17


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