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An unlicensed drinking establishment, especially in Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa.

[Irish Gaelic séibín, measure of grain, grain tax, bad ale, diminutive of séibe, mug, bottle.]


(ʃɪˈbiːn) or


1. Irish and Scot and South African a place where alcoholic drink is sold illegally
2. (Brewing) (in Ireland) alcohol, esp home-distilled whiskey, sold without a licence
3. (in South Africa) a place where Black African men engage in social drinking
4. (Brewing) (in the US and Ireland) weak beer
[C18: from Irish Gaelic síbín beer of poor quality]



Scot., Irish Eng., South African. a tavern or house where liquor is sold illegally.
[1780–90; < Irish síbín illicit whiskey, place where such whiskey is sold]


An Irish word meaning poor quality beer, used to mean an illegal drinking den.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shebeen - unlicensed drinking establishment
tap house, tavern - a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks


[ʃɪˈbiːn] N (Irl, South Africa) → bar m clandestino


n (Ir) → Kaschemme f, → Spelunke f
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