[ tav-ern ]
/ ˈtæv ərn /


a place where liquors are sold to be consumed on the premises.
a public house for travelers and others; inn.

Origin of tavern

1250–1300; Middle English taverne < Old French < Latin taberna hut, inn, wine shop

Related forms

tav·ern·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tavern


/ (ˈtævən) /


a less common word for pub
US, Eastern Canadian and NZ a place licensed for the sale and consumption of alcoholic drink

Word Origin for tavern

C13: from Old French taverne, from Latin taberna hut
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