Definition of shebeen in English:

shebeen

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Pronunciation: /ʃɪˈbiːn
 
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noun

  • 1(Especially in Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa) an unlicensed establishment or private house selling alcohol and typically regarded as slightly disreputable.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1(In South Africa) an informal licensed drinking place in a township.
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    • Mahog is brandy as served in township shebeens (many now legalized as taverns) and possibly from English mahogany.
    • In other cases members were drunk at shebeens or taverns when their guns were stolen.
    • Time to control the number of shebeens in the townships, and provide training to community members how to drink ‘responsibly’.

Origin

late 18th century: from Anglo-Irish síbín, from séibe 'mugful'.

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