Definition of pub in English:

pub

noun

British
  • 1An establishment for the sale of beer and other drinks, and sometimes also food, to be consumed on the premises:

    ‘let's go to the pub’
    ‘a country pub’
    • ‘Investigators believe Mr Haywood was assaulted after spending the evening drinking in local pubs and clubs.’
    • ‘His wife Jill took him back to hospital after the Christmas break and the pair then went out for a drink to a local pub.’
    • ‘The couple went for a walk on the beach to take in their win before heading to their local pub for a calming drink.’
    • ‘Locals at Swindon's Famous Ale House liked the pub so much, they decided to run it themselves.’
    • ‘Enjoy a few drinks at your local pub, and keep a look out for quiz nights and local bands.’
    • ‘They go out, drink several pints of beer in the pub and dive into the late night takeaway for a kebab on the way home.’
    • ‘He was drinking in a local pub and spoke to his wife on the phone for an hour.’
    • ‘From now on, only on premises with designated places such as pubs with beer gardens will people be allowed to drink outside.’
    • ‘Woke up slowly and ambled down in the pouring rain to the pub for lunch and beers with various people.’
    • ‘A few people were standing and arguing outside small pubs holding pints of beer in their hands.’
    • ‘You'd be better off going to your local pub landlord and starting you own comedy club.’
    • ‘He goes to pubs, drinks pints of beer and watches football.’
    • ‘Officers stress the new rules would not affect people enjoying a drink outside pubs or bars.’
    • ‘I mean, you know, it shouldn't alter your life overly, but it might win you a barrel of beer in a pub quiz one night.’
    • ‘We had to wait for her to finish her classes, so we went and had a drink in the local pub.’
    • ‘The court heard the pair had been drinking in various pubs during the evening and had been on amicable terms.’
    • ‘All restaurants, pubs and bars serving food will be smoke free.’
    • ‘As I picked it up, I regretted it: he was in a local pub, drunk as usual, wanted to come round.’
    • ‘My decision to take the rest on a tour of all the really good beer and cider pubs in Bristol was… perhaps unwise.’
    • ‘No-one has a finger on the pulse of the local community like the pub landlord.’
    tavern, bar, hostelry, taproom
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    1. 1.1Australian A hotel.
      • ‘Ray decided that, after meeting with Walter, and picking up the car, he would stay at a pub for a few days.’
      • ‘Other Kaipara pubs, such as the Commercial, Aratapu and Paparoa hotels, reported static sales.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]usually as noun pubbing
British
informal
  • Frequent pubs.

    • ‘Last night's pubbing turned out to be far more than just a quick drink to see Laura.’
    • ‘And the best of luck to all those that have left home recently to a life of afternoon telly, late night clubbing, early morning pubbing and the odd shower.’
    • ‘When it comes to eating, clubbing and pubbing, we are far ahead.’
    • ‘Briefly pubbed with the team after work to celebrate the bank holiday, and made vague arrangements for lunch at Masala Zone on Wednesday to celebrate completing five years on PCW.’
    • ‘Youngsters will also be able to make sure they are ‘on the ball’ when it comes to street crime thanks to helpful hints on how to get streetwise when shopping, hanging out with friends, pubbing or clubbing.’
    • ‘Aside from the gym, I tend to go clubbing and pubbing in fits and starts.’
    • ‘Distant as youngsters, when Gavin enjoyed pubbing and clubbing, they grew closer when Gavin settled down with his wife, Susan, and had a son, Jack, now four, who suffers from cerebral palsy.’
    • ‘If this woman had left her children with a sitter twice a week to go clubbing and pubbing, would the judge have looked differently on her case because she was being more conventional?’

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation of public house.

Pronunciation:

pub

/pʌb/