One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A public house, especially one that is gaudily or pretentiously decorated.
2A large ostentatious yacht or pleasure craft used for entertaining and leisure, typically involving the consumption of alcohol.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Royal Cornwall Gazette. From gin + palace, perhaps after gin house.
gin palace/ˈdʒɪn ˌpalɪs/
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