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3 definitions found
 for Public house
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Public \Pub"lic\, a. [L. publicus, poblicus, fr. populus people:
     cf. F. public. See People.]
     1. Of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people;
        relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community;
        -- opposed to private; as, the public treasury.
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              To the public good
              Private respects must yield.          --Milton.
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              He [Alexander Hamilton] touched the dead corpse of
              the public credit, and it sprung upon its feet. --D.
                                                    Webster.
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     2. Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common;
        notorious; as, public report; public scandal.
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              Joseph, . . . not willing to make her a public
              example, was minded to put her away privily. --Matt.
                                                    i. 19.
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     3. Open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public
        house. "The public street." --Shak.
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     public act or public statute (Law), an act or statute
        affecting matters of public concern. Of such statutes the
        courts take judicial notice.
  
     Public credit. See under Credit.
  
     Public funds. See Fund, 3.
  
     Public house, an inn, or house of entertainment.
  
     Public law.
        (a) See International law, under International.
        (b) A public act or statute.
  
     Public nuisance. (Law) See under Nuisance.
  
     Public orator. (Eng. Universities) See Orator, 3.
  
     Public stores, military and naval stores, equipments, etc.
        
  
     Public works, all fixed works built by civil engineers for
        public use, as railways, docks, canals, etc.; but
        strictly, military and civil engineering works constructed
        at the public cost.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  public house
      n 1: tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public
           rooms; often provides light meals [syn: public house,
           pub, saloon, pothouse, gin mill, taphouse]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "public house":
     alehouse, bar, barrel house, barroom, beer garden, beer parlor,
     bistro, blind tiger, boardinghouse, cabaret, cafe, cocktail lounge,
     dive, dorm, dormitory, doss house, dramshop, drinkery,
     drinking saloon, fleabag, flophouse, gin mill, groggery, grogshop,
     guest house, honky-tonk, hospice, hostel, hostelry, hotel, inn,
     local, lodge, lodging house, nightclub, ordinary, pension, posada,
     pothouse, pub, public, rathskeller, roadhouse, rooming house,
     rummery, rumshop, saloon, saloon bar, speakeasy, taproom, tavern,
     wine shop
  
  

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