Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An unlicensed drinking establishment, especially in Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa.

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

  • noun unlicensed drinking establishment

Etymologies

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

[Irish Gaelic séibín, measure of grain, grain tax, bad ale, diminutive of séibe, mug, bottle.]

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Perhaps from Irish seibin ("small mug; poor-qualty beer").

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