Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A place of business where alcoholic beverages are sold and drunk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A public house, where beverages, primarily alcoholic, may be bought and drunk. Many pubs also provide food and/or entertainment.
  • v. To go to one or more public houses.
  • n. A publication.
  • v. to publish

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A public house; a tavern.
  • n. An abbreviation of public, publish, or publisher.
  • n. An abbreviation of published
  • n. of publication.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals

Etymologies

Short for public house.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Short form of public, from public house (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation of publication (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation of publish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At that point he had more requests for newspaper interviews and TV appearances than he could conveniently handle, and he earned himself the title pub-philosophe, "publicity philosopher."

    Paris: Moses and Polytheism

  • Going to the pub is always good at the end of a long day where your limbs hurt and your brain is full.

    What Happened? [Part 3]

  • This opera house in a pub is a worthwhile venture, but has not yet hit its form.

    The Barber of Seville (or Salisbury) – review

  • I realized that if I really am embarking on a research career, this pub is the first of many.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • And ... a pub is a pub is a pub, at least in my book (and, for that matter, in the books of most people at BA/MA institutions ... the Research I rat race is for the birds, IMHO).

    La Profesora Abstraida

  • Running towards the pub is the only thing Shaun has ever done, and even under zombie attack Shaun does not know how to climb out of his rut.

    Shaun of the Dead

  • Lord Justice Brian Leveson said Thursday that there was a distinction between what he described as "pub chatter" between friends on such sites and organizations which publish material for public consumption.

    The Seattle Times

  • I would like to know what he defines as pub culture.

    rediff.com

  • (Soundbite of laughter) SAGAL: At these pub-based birthing classes in Australia, dads-to-be learn about birthing techniques, etiquette and where the pub is so they can flee to it.

    George Takei Of 'Star Trek' Plays 'Not My Job'

  • Every student I met in class, and networking event, and just in local pub is a true professional and genuine person.

    London Business School

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  • Interesting article about English pubs here.

    A sample: "Amid the low murmur of relaxed conversation you can feel the easy comfort, the happiness, of human beings at rest. And with the old plow tackle hanging from the ceiling, and the flagstone floor, and the bushy hops among the beams, there’s a sense of history’s being a friend, of this means of relaxation’s being sanctioned and endorsed through having been enjoyed for centuries."

    Another: "I doubt you could walk in here and not feel better, no matter what you’re going through. The very air is thick with over 200 years of soul-soothing. It’s everything a pub should be: a fabric of mercy, a haven from the preoccupations of post-industrial life, a timeless space more connected with the fields and springs, the repeating cycle of generations, than with the particular troubles of our own times. It has been softened by the goodwill of different eras."

    July 20, 2009

  • Apocope.

    June 18, 2008

  • Contraction of "public house".

    June 18, 2008