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


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inned; inning; inns

intransitive verb

: to put up at an inn

Examples of inn in a Sentence

Noun 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
Just up the street and across East Hampton’s scenic little pond, another historic inn, The Maidstone, has been purchased by pharmaceutical and cannabis honcho Irwin Simon, along with hotelier Mayank Dwivedi. Beth Landman, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 July 2024 The gaudy pink inn and event space opened its doors in 1958 and now offers 110 guest rooms that are all individually themed., The Mercury News, 24 June 2024
But in Thompson’s comments — and surely inn the conversation with Kerr that preceded them — there was just as much retrospection as introspection. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 3 Jan. 2024 Gallen seemed relatively pleased, though he was bothered by the length of his first-inning at-bat against 1B Brandon Belt, who fell behind 0-2 before eventually bouncing out to second. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, 24 Feb. 2020 See all Example Sentences for inn 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Inn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a public house that provides lodging and food for travelers : hotel

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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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