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[in] /ɪn/
a commercial establishment that provides lodging, food, etc., for the public, especially travelers; small hotel.
a tavern.
(initial capital letter) British.
  1. any of several buildings in London formerly used as places of residence for students, especially law students.
    Compare Inns of Court.
  2. a legal society occupying such a building.
Origin of inn
before 1000; Middle English, Old English in(n) house; akin to Old Norse inni (adv.) within, in the house
Related forms
innless, adjective
1. hostelry. See hotel.


[in] /ɪn/
a river in central Europe, flowing from S Switzerland through Austria and Germany into the Danube. 320 miles (515 km) long. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I felt drawn to the place—to the inn where my son stayed, to the neighborhood.

  • Close to the tiny station he recognized the inn of which the abb had told him.

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • Then we lighted one of the candles the inn people had given us, and ate our supper.

    The Wood Fire in No. 3 F. Hopkinson Smith
  • She had the boldness to disguise herself and come and see me at the inn.

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • That evening he came to a small straggling town where was one inn.

British Dictionary definitions for inn


a pub or small hotel providing food and accommodation
(formerly, in England) a college or hall of residence for students, esp of law, now only in the names of such institutions as the Inns of Court
Word Origin
Old English; compare Old Norse inni inn, house, place of refuge


a river in central Europe, rising in Switzerland in Graubünden and flowing northeast through Austria and Bavaria to join the River Danube at Passau: forms part of the border between Austria and Germany. Length: 514 km (319 miles)
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Word Origin and History for inn

Old English inn "lodging, dwelling, house," probably from inne (adv.) "inside, within" (see in). Meaning "public house with lodging" is perhaps by c.1200, certainly by c.1400. Meaning "lodging house or residence for students" is early 13c. in Anglo-Latin, obsolete except in names of buildings that were so used (e.g. Inns of Court, mid-15c.).

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