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Definition of inn

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : an establishment for the lodging and entertaining of travelers
b : tavern
2 : a residence formerly provided for British students in London and especially for students of law


inned; inning; inns

Definition of inn (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to put up at an inn


geographical name
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Definition of Inn (Entry 3 of 3)

river 320 miles (515 kilometers) long flowing from southeastern Switzerland northeast through Austria into the Danube River in southeastern Germany — see engadine

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Examples of inn in a Sentence


We stayed at a cozy little inn in the country. we decided to stay at an inn rather than keep driving all night

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Famed for his expressive, textural approach in the kitchen, Bottura, who is opening a luxurious inn in the neighboring countryside this spring, often channels jazz or artistic references on the plate. Harper's BAZAAR, "Daniel Humm & Givenchy," 9 Apr. 2019 Though no cars can reach the rifugios, the duffel magically appears at each inn, transported by staff via chair lift or snowcat. Amy Tara Koch, Vogue, "The Slopes Less Taken: Going on a Ski Safari in the Dolomites," 7 Mar. 2019 But don't expect the future British monarch to be managing the day-to-day operations of the inn. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Opens a Bed and Breakfast in Scotland," 4 May 2019 Photo: Danilo Scarpati Lara Gilmore and Massimo Bottura in the main hall of the inn, with an Ai Weiwei work in the background. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine Contributors: March 2019," 15 Feb. 2019 Funds earned by the inn go toward the restoration and maintenance of the historic building. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Need a Fresh Start in 2019? California Has an Opening for a Lighthouse Keeper," 8 Jan. 2019 Locanda del Gallo Arriving here feels like finding the platonic ideal of the Italian countryside inn. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Rome," 5 Mar. 2018 Food & Drink Circa ’62 at the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek A quaint inn uphill from Route 1 serves a decadent brunch. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 Visitors can stay in one of the inn’s two-bedroom homes, which have a living room, full kitchen, upstairs bath, front porch and sweeping views of Puget Sound. Brian E. Clark,, "Military history, scenic state parks and tasty shelfish make for a rich weekend escape on Whidbey lsland, Wash.," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Oklahoma State 3, UConn 1: Carson McCusker’s two-run double broke a sixth-inning tie and sent the Cowboys to victory in the Oklahoma City Regional final., "Stanford advances in NCAA baseball tournament with win over Fresno State," 3 June 2019 The first-inning steal of home followed back-to-back strikeouts by Newport Harbor hitters with Spigarelli standing at third base. Andrew Turner,, "Jordan Spigarelli's speed takes Newport Harbor PONY past Costa Mesa," 6 July 2018 In addition to gems against the Rockies, Dodgers and seven shutout innings against the Pirates, Richards has mixed in three-plus inning clunkers against Baltimore and Milwaukee. Matthew Defranks,, "Preview: Diamondbacks at Marlins, Thursday, 12:10 p.m.," 27 June 2018 Marlins rookie starter Elieser Hernandez (0-5), who has yet to notch a major league victory in five career starts, recovered from a hard second-inning tumble on the mound that was ruled a balk to set up runners on second and third with one out. Harvey Fialkov, azcentral, "Zack Godley's curveball helps Diamondbacks fend off Marlins in win," 26 June 2018 On the next pitch, a fastball on the outside corner, Sheffield got Betts to ground into a game-ending double play (the Yankees won 10-1) to secure a scoreless inning for one of the baseball’s top pitching prospects. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Justus Sheffield found his competitive spirit early, and now it’s driving him toward a Mariners call-up," 13 Apr. 2019 Tate Shaw broke out of an 0-for-17 slump with a second-inning single to advance D.J. Petrinsky to third base, and the catcher scored soon after when Schneider's pickoff attempt sailed past first baseman Christian Sanchez. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas dominates Texas Southern to set up regional meeting with Texas A&M," 1 June 2018 Storz has been hampered by a shoulder injury all season long and has pitched just one inning in 2018. Andrew Lopez,, "Paul Mainieri: Josh Smith likely out for LSU baseball this weekend," 1 May 2018 How improbable was the Cincinnati Reds' ninth-inning rally Tuesday night in Cleveland and 7-4 win against the Indians? Dave Clark,, "Reds' rally vs. Indians in Cleveland unlike any other in about 100 years," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of inn


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inn


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old Norse inni dwelling, inn, Old English in, adverb

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The first known use of inn was in the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of inn

: a house usually in the country where people can eat and rent a room to sleep in
chiefly British : a pub


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Kids Definition of inn

: a house that provides a place to sleep and food for travelers

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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