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tavern

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noun tav·ern \ˈta-vərn\

Simple Definition of tavern

  • : a place where alcoholic drinks are served

  • : a building that provides lodging and food for people who are traveling

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tavern

  1. 1 :  an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold to be drunk on the premises

  2. 2 :  inn

Examples of tavern in a sentence

  1. <a seedy section of the city's waterfront that was rife with cheap taverns, tattoo parlors, and run-down flophouses>

  2. <a colonial-era tavern that has been serving weary travelers for two and a half centuries>



Origin and Etymology of tavern

Middle English taverne, from Anglo-French, from Latin taberna hut, shop


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with tavern


TAVERN Defined for Kids

tavern

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noun tav·ern \ˈta-vərn\

Definition of tavern for Students

  1. 1 :  a place where beer and liquor are sold and drunk

  2. 2 :  inn





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