Definition of pub in US English:



  • 1A tavern or bar.

    ‘let's go to the pub’
    ‘a country pub’
    • ‘Woke up slowly and ambled down in the pouring rain to the pub for lunch and beers with various people.’
    • ‘My decision to take the rest on a tour of all the really good beer and cider pubs in Bristol was… perhaps unwise.’
    • ‘At least the hordes of waitresses in white ensure you can exit this simple pub relatively fast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A few people were standing and arguing outside small pubs holding pints of beer in their hands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Problem customers can face bans from every pub involved in the scheme, potentially for a whole year.’
    • ‘It was a bit of a rough looking pub on first impressions, but there weren't that many people in there drinking.’
    • ‘We ended up in a very nice pub called The Phoenix, just off the King's Road.’
    • ‘The closure of the Victoria means that the village high street now only has one other pub, The Woolpack.’
    • ‘More than enough to hold a conversation with a self-appointed expert in any pub, I think.’
    • ‘Investigators believe Mr Haywood was assaulted after spending the evening drinking in local pubs and clubs.’
    • ‘From now on, only on premises with designated places such as pubs with beer gardens will people be allowed to drink outside.’
    • ‘He accepted there was a place in the community for the small, traditional family run pub.’
    • ‘In the commercial section, Canal Tavern won first prize for best pub or restaurant floral display.’
    • ‘Over the years, I have probably visited the Lord Roberts more than any other pub in Nottingham.’
    • ‘He was drinking in a local pub and spoke to his wife on the phone for an hour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After I crashed with a car I discovered this pub where all the arty students in Nottingham went.’
    • ‘However, this pub has moved with the times and a smoking area is located upstairs.’
    • ‘The lists of names hanging on the walls of the bar indicates a level of popularity any pub would be proud of.’
    • ‘We had to wait for her to finish her classes, so we went and had a drink in the local pub.’
    • ‘A traditional country pub, it has a stream full of large trout that meanders through its gardens.’
    • ‘Just about every pub displays a sign or notice advising women to keep an eye on their drinks.’
    • ‘Either way, we chose to walk straight past, and find the second nearest pub.’
    • ‘The court heard the pair had been drinking in various pubs during the evening and had been on amicable terms.’
    • ‘The Rovers Return, being a soap opera pub, has seen its fair share of fisticuffs and flouncing out.’
    • ‘Officers stress the new rules would not affect people enjoying a drink outside pubs or bars.’
    • ‘Locals at Swindon's Famous Ale House liked the pub so much, they decided to run it themselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Enjoy a few drinks at your local pub, and keep a look out for quiz nights and local bands.’
    • ‘A pleasant looking pub, inside and out, the Crown is close to the crossroads in the centre of the village.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But here we all were in a cosy country pub, all agreeing that we wouldn't want to be anywhere else.’
    • ‘At the end of the evening, Howard and his nephew had wanted to carry on to another pub but Miss Chapman wanted to go home.’
    • ‘No-one has a finger on the pulse of the local community like the pub landlord.’
    • ‘But this English pub has many more delights to offer besides its barbecue feasts.’
    tavern, bar, hostelry, taproom
    bar, wine bar, inn, tavern, hostelry, taproom, roadhouse
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    1. 1.1Australian A hotel.
      • ‘Other Kaipara pubs, such as the Commercial, Aratapu and Paparoa hotels, reported static sales.’
      • ‘Ray decided that, after meeting with Walter, and picking up the car, he would stay at a pub for a few days.’


[no object]usually as noun pubbing
  • Spend time in pubs.

    • ‘When it comes to eating, clubbing and pubbing, we are far ahead.’
    • ‘What drink will you order when go pubbing and clubbing?’
    • ‘Last night's pubbing turned out to be far more than just a quick drink to see Laura.’
    • ‘Aside from the gym, I tend to go clubbing and pubbing in fits and starts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clubbing and pubbing is a major part of life if you're looking to meet someone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I loved the cocktails and the fact that it was not on a main pubbing street so no drunken idiots hanging around outside.’


Mid 19th century: abbreviation of public house.