- a commercial establishment that provides lodging, food, etc., for the public, especially travelers; small hotel.
- a tavern.
- (initial capital letter) British.
- any of several buildings in London formerly used as places of residence for students, especially law students.Compare Inns of Court.
- a legal society occupying such a building.
Origin of inn
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- a river in central Europe, flowing from S Switzerland through Austria and Germany into the Danube. 320 miles (515 km) long.
Examples from the Web for inn
The Ishikawa region is also the perfect place to stay a traditional Japanese inn, called ryokan—try Beniya Mukayu.Why Your Next Vacation Will Be in Turkmenistan
December 13, 2014
With these words I kissed him on the forehead and left the inn.Book Bag: Beguiling if Unlikely Travel Books
September 4, 2014
Huang hurriedly wrote her story on two slips of paper, hiding one on her body and another on the wall of an inn.'Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom' by Stephen R. Platt: Review
March 9, 2012
Redford still admired him, saying he was “isolated from the world, free of self-contempt, managing an inn at the edge of nowhere.”
Redford got on well with the owner of the inn, and the two spent days listening to music, and indulging in drunken conversation.
In the light of morning the isolation of the inn is more apparent than at night.Yorkshire Painted And Described
Scene changes to an inn on the coast within a few yards of Paris.
Here was an offer which the company in an English inn at that or any other date are slow to refuse.
Better to sleep here at this inn, and then travel on to Minstead in the morning.
The oddest part of these experiences is that the dirtier the inn the better the fare.The Roof of France
- 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
- 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)
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.).