noun[usually in names]
- The Dublin pub, inn or tavern has a history which is as old as the city itself.
- At night, luxuriate at charming inns, sampling Scotch whisky.
- Until the end of the nineteenth century the majority of darts thrown in inns and taverns in this country and utilised in fairgrounds were imported from France.
- The grand resort hotels, smaller inns, and boarding houses were concentrated on the region's many lakes, nowhere more so than on the two large lakes on the region's eastern edge.
- We have our choice of lovely motels, hotels, and inns.
- Petitioners are therefore unlikely to be able to afford stay in hotels or inns while they do their rounds of visits.
Old English (in the sense 'dwelling place, lodging'): of Germanic origin; related to in. In Middle English the word was used to translate Latin hospitium (see hospice), denoting a house of residence for students: this sense is preserved in the names of some buildings formerly used for this purpose, notably Gray's Inn and Lincoln's Inn, two of the Inns of Court. The current sense dates from late Middle English.