- 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
Definition for inn (2 of 2)
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.
With these words I kissed him on the forehead and left the inn.
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|Ross Perlin|March 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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.
From the inn yard came the sound of music and the beat of the dancers feet on the hard ground.The Motor Maids Across the Continent|Katherine Stokes
If it had been at the inn there would have been nothing to talk about at all, except about the wreck.A Chapter of Adventures|G. A. Henty
Fortunately you are at Dame Hansen's inn, where you will have the best of food and care.Ticket No. "9672"|Jules Verne
Arthur related briefly what had happened from the time of his first taking the bed at the inn.The Queen of Hearts|Wilkie Collins
The strangers departed, having promised the Johnsons to meet the next morning at an inn lower down the harbour.Sea-Dogs All!|Tom Bevan
British Dictionary definitions for inn (1 of 2)
Word Origin for inn
British Dictionary definitions for inn (2 of 2)
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.).