from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An unlicensed drinking establishment, especially in Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A shop or house where excisable liquors are sold without the license required by law.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Ireland A low public house; especially, a place where spirits and other excisable liquors are illegally and privately sold.
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- noun An
unlicensed drinking establishment, especially in Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa.
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- noun unlicensed drinking establishment
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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The bar, called a shebeen in the townships, is one of the places where young, black gays don't have to hide who they are, where they can talk openly, and find companionship and a safe haven in an often hostile township.
He was prudent enough to avoid placing any sign in his window, by which his house could be known as a shebeen; for he was not ignorant that there is no class of men more learned in this species of hieroglyphics than excisemen.
And in Apartheid-era South Africa, a shebeen was a mostly illegally operated pub for the disenfranchised natives who were unwelcome in English or Boer drinking establishments.
(a member of the Youth Brigade of the Street Committee) at the shebeen was the last straw.
We had arrived at an illegal bar, or "shebeen," and the welcome of the men -- and soon their wives and children, until the shack was standing-room-only -- was unsurpassed even by the Rawbone-Viljoen's on the other side of town.
It also doubles up as a "shebeen," a small tavern that helps her make ends meet.
The tourists then move on to the Regina Mundi Church - venue of several important political meetings during the white minority racist regime - and pop into Wandie's Place, a well-known "shebeen" or traditional tavern which serves local African fare.
A 'shebeen' night club, catering mainly to blacks but with a fair number of white customers, is bringing the flavor of township chic to one of Johannesburg's posh white districts.
I remark that my friend's coachman drives very fast by any house on the road; but nothing occurs till we stop at a "shebeen" to light both cigars and lamps, for the snowstorm is increasing.
Gibbons, who had been driving a brisk trade at his "shebeen," the only house of business or entertainment for miles around.