noun a public house; an inn.
2. public ·adj open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public house.
3. public ·adj open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common; notorious; as, public report; public scandal.
4. public ·adj of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community;
opposed to private; as, the public treasury.
5. public ·noun the general body of mankind, or of a nation, state, or community; the people, indefinitely; as, the american public; also, a particular body or aggregation of people; as, an author's public.