- a place where liquors are sold to be consumed on the premises.
- a public house for travelers and others; inn.
Origin of tavern
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Examples from the Web for tavern
She could have auditioned to be the tavern wench or a faerie; instead, she signed on as a merchant, knitting chain-mail bikinis.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending
September 13, 2014
At the end of the fourth season premiere, Arya and The Hound stumble upon a tavern in the woods.Game of Thrones’ 8 Most Gruesome Deaths: From The Mountain’s Exploding Head Kill to Rat Torture
June 4, 2014
We got our first clue last week when Arya Stark and The Hound stumbled across a tavern in the woods.Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding
April 14, 2014
As I arrive, I notice a string of cement flowerpots blocking the road right outside the tavern.
I feel like I am in a John Le Carré novel and scurry into the tavern in hopes of avoiding an “international incident.”
Almost every tavern of note about town hath or had its club.
We found them at a sort of tavern, where were the English Governor and his escort at the time.
This was a bad beginning, and by the time we reached a tavern, I was ready to anchor.
He tells you of his coming as he might notify a tavern wench.In the Valley
Springfield had a church, and a school, and a post office, and a tavern.The Hunted Outlaw
- a less common word for pub
- US, Eastern Canadian and NZ a place licensed for the sale and consumption of alcoholic drink
Word Origin and History for tavern
late 13c., "wine shop," later "public house" (mid-15c.), from Old French taverne (mid-13c.) "shed made of boards, booth, stall," also "tavern, inn," from Latin taberna "shop, inn, tavern," originally "hut, shed," possibly by dissimilation from *traberna, from trabs (genitive trabis) "beam, timber."