Definition of pub in English:


Pronunciation /pəb/

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  • 1British A tavern or bar.

    ‘let's go to the pub’
    • ‘a country pub’
    • ‘In the commercial section, Canal Tavern won first prize for best pub or restaurant floral display.’
    • ‘At least the hordes of waitresses in white ensure you can exit this simple pub relatively fast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He accepted there was a place in the community for the small, traditional family run pub.’
    • ‘Just about every pub displays a sign or notice advising women to keep an eye on their drinks.’
    • ‘A pleasant looking pub, inside and out, the Crown is close to the crossroads in the centre of the village.’
    • ‘But this English pub has many more delights to offer besides its barbecue feasts.’
    • ‘We ended up in a very nice pub called The Phoenix, just off the King's Road.’
    • ‘But here we all were in a cosy country pub, all agreeing that we wouldn't want to be anywhere else.’
    • ‘Over the years, I have probably visited the Lord Roberts more than any other pub in Nottingham.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The closure of the Victoria means that the village high street now only has one other pub, The Woolpack.’
    • ‘Either way, we chose to walk straight past, and find the second nearest pub.’
    • ‘It was a bit of a rough looking pub on first impressions, but there weren't that many people in there drinking.’
    • ‘After I crashed with a car I discovered this pub where all the arty students in Nottingham went.’
    • ‘A traditional country pub, it has a stream full of large trout that meanders through its gardens.’
    • ‘The Rovers Return, being a soap opera pub, has seen its fair share of fisticuffs and flouncing out.’
    • ‘Problem customers can face bans from every pub involved in the scheme, potentially for a whole year.’
    • ‘More than enough to hold a conversation with a self-appointed expert in any pub, I think.’
    tavern, bar, hostelry, taproom
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    1. 1.1British, Australian 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.’

intransitive verb

[no object]informal British
  • Spend time in pubs.

    • ‘we pubbed in the evening for Paul 's birthday’
    • ‘sometimes we would catch the train into Oxford and go pubbing’
    • ‘all that pubbing isn't good for the liver’
    • ‘But I loved the cocktails and the fact that it was not on a main pubbing street so no drunken idiots hanging around outside.’
    • ‘Clubbing and pubbing is a major part of life if you're looking to meet someone.’
    • ‘What drink will you order when go pubbing and clubbing?’


Mid 19th century abbreviation of public house.