Shebeen She*been", n. [Of Irish origin; cf. Ir. seapa a shop.] A low public house; especially, a place where spirits and other excisable liquors are illegally and privately sold. [Ireland] [1913 Webster]

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  • Shebeen — in Omuthiya im äußersten Norden von Namibia (2011). Shebeen (anglo irish, ir. Sibín, vermutl. von Séibín, „Krüglein“) ist eine Bezeichnung für eine illegal betriebene Kneipe. Der Begriff stammt aus Großbritannien, wo vor allem früher in Irland… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • shebeen — cabin where unlicensed liquor is sold and drunk, c.1787, chiefly in Ireland and Scotland, from Ir. seibin small mug, also bad ale, dim. of seibe mug, bottle, liquid measure …   Etymology dictionary

  • shebeen — ► NOUN ▪ (especially in Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa) an unlicensed establishment or private house selling alcoholic liquor. ORIGIN Anglo Irish síbín, from séibe mugful …   English terms dictionary

  • shebeen — [shi bēn′] n. [Anglo Ir < Ir sībīn, little mug] esp. in Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa, an establishment where liquor is sold without a license …   English World dictionary

  • Shebeen — Chiefly in Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and Zimbabwe, a shebeen (Irish: sibín ) is an illicit bar or club where excisable alcoholic beverages are sold without a licence. In Namibia, such an establishment is known as a Cuca Shop.In America, the …   Wikipedia

  • shebeen — UK [ʃɪˈbiːn] / US [ʃəˈbɪn] noun [countable] Word forms shebeen : singular shebeen plural shebeens Irish a place where alcoholic drinks are sold illegally …   English dictionary

  • shebeen — noun Etymology: Irish síbín illicit whiskey, shebeen Date: circa 1787 chiefly Irish & South African an unlicensed or illegally operated drinking establishment …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shebeen — /sheuh been /, n. Scot., Irish Eng., South African. a tavern or house where liquor is sold illegally. [1780 90; < Ir síbín illicit whiskey, place where such whiskey is sold (ellipsis from teach síbín shebeen house), orig., a unit of measure < E… …   Universalium

  • shebeen — I South African Slang Origin: Slang originating from other countries illegal drinking establishment (from Irish sibín ), synonymous with speakeasy . In South Africa it refers in particular to unlicensed bars in the townships, and has become a… …   English dialects glossary

  • shebeen — she|been [ʃıˈbi:n] n informal a place where alcoholic drinks are sold illegally used especially in Ireland …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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