An unlicensed drinking establishment, especially in Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa.
Esp. in Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa, an establishment where liquor is sold without a license.
Origin of shebeen
- Irish Gaelic séibín measure of grain, grain tax, bad ale diminutive of séibe mug, bottle
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Irish sÃbÃn.