Definition of public house in English:

public house

noun

British
  • formal term for pub
    • ‘The smoking ban has caused little trouble in our local public houses.’
    • ‘This building, located on Dublin Street, enjoys a strong trade as both a public house and hotel.’
    • ‘Public health groups want to make the city the first in Britain to prohibit smoking in all workplaces - including bars, cafes, nightclubs and public houses.’
    • ‘Recently my wife and I visited a local public house for a meal.’
    • ‘As with so many good ideas in this little country of ours the seeds were sown over a couple of pints in a local public house.’
    • ‘However, the attractions of the public house or beerhouse was not merely to play darts, crib or dominoes.’
    • ‘The local public houses have received threatening letters.’
    • ‘Narberth boasted at least two dozen public houses through the 19th century - ranging from terraced ale-houses to coaching inns.’
    • ‘Some parks and roads have been named after him and there is a public house named the Daylight Inn.’
    • ‘He thus adduced from the landlord evidence that she was a well-known troublemaker in local public houses.’
    • ‘Once they have been paid, they will head straight for the nearest public house and a pint of best bitter.’
    • ‘Originally public houses were meeting places in towns and villages for local businessmen but with advent of large commercial chains many of the small pubs have closed.’
    • ‘However, said the report, the wider area contains a number of public houses and other local facilities.’
    • ‘In public houses, appropriate etiquette includes not gesturing for service.’
    • ‘They all confirmed that they had not been into the public house opposite the hotel at any time.’
    • ‘It won't be long before Swindon consists of nothing but public houses and hotels.’
    • ‘Sometimes she would go to the local public house and make some sandwiches.’
    • ‘The family has been based in London for a number of years and they ran a number of successful public houses, including the famous Archway Tavern in North London.’
    • ‘The members met monthly in a local public house to transact business and have a convivial time.’
    • ‘Sunday was still a day of tranquillity and gloom when the trains did not run, and shops and theatres were closed, as also were public houses in Wales and Scotland.’

Pronunciation:

public house

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