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shebeen, noun

Origin:
Anglo-Irish, modern IrishShow more Transferred use of Anglo-Irish shebeen, modern Irish sibín (of obscure origin), a low public-house; see also Coplan quotation 1980.
1. A drinking establishment (usually in a private home in a township) where liquor is sold or consumed; spot. Also attributive.
Note:
Formerly illegal, such establishments have, since 1980, been allowed to obtain licences and operate as ‘taverns’ (see tavern sense 2), but some are still unlicensed (see smokkelhuis).
[1873 Cape Argus 20 Mar. 2The unlicensed beer-shops after the model of the Irish shebeens would thrive.]
1991 Best of S. Afr. Short Stories (Reader’s Digest Assoc.) 395The shebeen has become such a feature of social life in the South African black townships that the Irish origin of the word (from Gaelic sibin, meaning poor-quality ale) is often forgotten. Although South African shebeens formerly sold illicit liquor (often home-brewed), these days they can be licensed.
2. Special Combination shebeen queen, the female owner of a shebeen, a woman who sells illicit liquor; auntie sense 2; queen noun2; skokiaan queen, see skokiaan sense 2. See also shebeener.
Derivatives:
By analogy, shebeen king.
1941 R. Roamer in Bantu World 29 Mar. 4When the Police raided her mother’s home and rudely called her mother ‘Shebeen Queen’ she thought they were honouring her [for] her great beauty.
1994 Weekly Mail & Guardian 13 May 8Even the miser of Orlando East, shebeen queen ‘Ma Stompie’, sold her beers at half-price.
A drinking establishment (usually in a private home in a township) where liquor is sold or consumed; spot. Also attributive.
the female owner of a shebeen, a woman who sells illicit liquor; auntie2; queennoun; skokiaan queen, see skokiaan2.
Derivatives:
Hence shebeen intransitive verb, to run a shebeen; to patronize a shebeen; shebeening verbal noun, the running of a shebeen; shebeeny adjective, of shebeens.
1897 E. Prov. Herald 17 Feb.Tom..was brought before the magistrate on Monday morning charged with shebeening.
1990 Fair Lady 28 Mar. 139She smoked and drank into shebeeny nights, waiting.

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