(Especially in Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa) an unlicensed establishment or private house selling alcoholic liquor and typically regarded as slightly disreputable.
More example sentences
- There in the shebeen they sold poteen and punch while in the pubs, beer and spirits were available.
- Joe would hang out in the many shebeens (unlicensed drinking venues) in the area, and one of his early influences was the sound of Duke Vin, a local resident who introduced the first reggae sound system to Britain.
- While transporting Brennan to the assizes at Clonmel, his escort stopped to rest at a shebeen (an unlicensed or informal pub) and allowed him to enjoy his pipe.
late 18th century: from Anglo-Irish síbín, from séibe 'mugful'.
Definition of shebeen in:
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