[tuh-vur-nuh, -vair-; Greek tah-ver-nah]


a small, unpretentious café or restaurant in Greece.

Origin of taverna

1945–50; < Modern Greek tabérna (pronunciation taverna), Medieval Greek, Late Greek < L. See tavern
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Historical Examples of taverna

  • The frightful desert of the Taverna was not forgotten, nor the old Genoese castle, the office of the steamship agency.

    The Nabob

    Alphonse Daudet

British Dictionary definitions for taverna



(in Greece) a guesthouse that has its own bar
a Greek restaurant

Word Origin for taverna

C20: Modern Greek, from Latin taberna
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