[ tav-ern ]
/ ˈtæv ərn /


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

Nearby words

  1. tautonymous,
  2. tautosyllabic,
  3. tav,
  4. tavel,
  5. tavener,
  6. tavern nuts,
  7. tavern table,
  8. taverna,
  9. taverner,
  10. taverner, john

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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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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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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