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

1250–1300; Middle English taverne < Old French < Latin taberna hut, inn, wine shop
Related formstav·ern·less, adjective

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1. bar; pub. 2. hostelry. See hotel.
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Related Words for tavern

bar, hotel, pub, lounge, joint, inn, lodge, saloon, barroom, dive, suds, taproom, hostelry, taphouse, alehouse, roadhouse, speakeasy, drinkery

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British Dictionary definitions for tavern


  1. a less common word for pub
  2. US, Eastern Canadian and NZ a place licensed for the sale and consumption of alcoholic drink
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Word Origin for tavern

C13: from Old French taverne, from Latin taberna hut
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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."

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