Dictionary.com

taverna

[ tuh-vur-nuh, -vair-; Greek tah-ver-nah ]
/ təˈvɜr nə, -ˈvɛər-; Greek tɑˈvɛr nɑ /
Save This Word!

noun
a small, unpretentious café or restaurant in Greece.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of taverna

1945–50; <Modern Greek tabérna (pronunciation taverna), Medieval Greek, Late Greek < L. See tavern
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use taverna in a sentence

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

    The Nabob|Alphonse Daudet
  • La taverna de maisons de pleisirs es fontana de pecca e schola del diavolo, &c.

    No Cross, No Crown|William Penn
  • Aretino resembles his own bardassonacci, paggi da taverna, flaunting meretricious charms with brazen impudence.

British Dictionary definitions for taverna

taverna
/ (təˈvɜːnə) /

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

Word Origin for taverna

C20: Modern Greek, from Latin taberna
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK