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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

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 While there is no formal opening date for the inn yet, Drummond has been working diligently with her husband Ladd and their team on the project, and on Friday, the Pioneer Woman took to Instagram to share an exciting progress report. Southern Living, "See Inside the Pioneer Woman's New Hotel, "The Boarding House"," 5 Feb. 2018 Where to Stay There is an entire range of B&Bs and inns on the island, but the best places to stay are the historic waterfront hotels that deliver comfort, charm, and stellar views all in one. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "This Maine Island Might Be the Most Beautiful Spot in New England," 22 Aug. 2018 The inn, which has 21 guest rooms and 18 suites, is housed in the Kan’in-no-miya imperial family’s former summer retreat. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "A Discerning Vacationer’s Guide to Escaping from Tokyo," 6 Dec. 2018 Robert Frost and his poems lend their names to trails, roads, houses, restaurants, inns, schools, libraries, even a mountain. Tyler Malone,, "The road taken by Robert Frost through New England," 29 June 2018 Across Water Street from the inn are the Riverwalk Flats & Rowhouses, built along the Little Miami River. Jeanne Houck,, "Millcroft Inn dodges the wrecking ball," 14 June 2018 There’s a folk dance group that has regular performances, inns, shops, saunas (Penedo was home to Brazil’s very first sauna), restaurants and a section called Little Finland that replicates the experience of the original settlers. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Seven Planned Utopian Towns That You Can Visit Today," 23 May 2018 But now that the University Arms, a former 19th-century coaching inn, has reopened after a two-year renovation, there’s good reason to spend the night (besides the hot Chelsea buns served for breakfast at Fitzbillies). Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cambridge Is Worth More than Just a Day Trip from London," 17 Oct. 2018

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The Phillies fell on an extra-inning home run at Citi Field for the second time in three days. Matt Breen,, "Phillies fall to Mets on homer in 10th inning, waste Vince Velasquez's strong outing," 11 July 2018 Pitching in front of nearly 80 family and friends, Paddack’s lone hit allowed was a second-inning home run from Joey Curletta. Jeff Sanders,, "Chris Paddack dominant in Texas League debut," 8 July 2018 Led by 11 walks and Ken Singleton’s , seventh-inning home run, the American League East-leading Orioles score their 17th victory in the past 19 games, 4-3 over the Cleveland Indians at Memorial Stadium. Mike Klingaman,, "The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for June 24-30," 24 June 2018 When Bill Buckner hit a fourth-inning home run, fans threw snowballs onto the field. Chicago Tribune,, "Ask Tom: Has it ever snowed for both Sox, Cubs home openers?," 5 Apr. 2018 The Cubs had flipped the script on Hamilton and the Reds earlier, taking a 5-4 lead when Heyward scoring from first on a seventh-inning single by Baez after Hamilton made a soft throw into second base, assuming the play was essentially over. Phil Rogers,, "David Bote's bases-loaded walk in 10th gives Cubs 6-5 win over Reds," 8 July 2018 Lamb accounted for the Diamondbacks’ first run with a second-inning RBI single. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Shelby Miller much better this time out, but Diamondbacks still fall to the Padres," 5 July 2018 Ramírez wiggled out of that first-inning jam with just one run allowed and seemed to pull himself together. Peter Schmuck,, "Yankees strike back, salvage doubleheader split with 10-2 rout of Orioles," 10 July 2018 Placentia’s Eli Rodriguez jump-started a first-inning rally, belting a single on the first pitch. Sam Dodge,, "Newport Beach PONY All-Stars advance to sectional championship," 8 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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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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