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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

At our small-town inn, the McLaren created quite a stir. Scott Sturgis,, "A left-hand view on driving through England," 7 June 2018 Offering clothing is a common practice in rural Japanese inns, and the absence of decision-making while dressing was soothing. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, "Cherry Blossoms and Beyond: Go on a Nature Meditation in Japan," 29 Apr. 2018 The supercentenarian whose family has run a hot springs inn for four generations was certified Tuesday as the world's oldest living man at age 112 years and 259 days. Fox News, "Oldest man enjoys sweets, soaking in Japan's hot springs," 10 Apr. 2018 Lodging, campgrounds The Mendocino Coast is best known for its inns and B&Bs with world-class ocean views and great restaurants. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "No-name waterfall a prize find on Mendocino coast," 8 Mar. 2018 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s decision to close Friday due to the risk of an explosive eruption will discourage travelers, said Janet Coney, the office manager at Kilauea Lodge, an inn in Volcano. Washington Post, "As lava oozes, Hawaii officials say rest of island is open," 11 May 2018 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's decision to close Friday due to the risk of an explosive eruption will discourage travelers, said Janet Coney, the office manager at Kilauea Lodge, an inn in Volcano. Audrey Mcavoy And Jae C. Hong,, "Hawaii officials plead for visitors to keep travel plans," 11 May 2018 Restoration of the dilapidated house began; it was opened as an inn in the 1960s. Russell Yip; Story By Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sonoma Valley dreaming: pastoral spring fashion," 22 Mar. 2018 After starting as the inn's only cook on opening night, when dinner was $4.95, O'Connell now oversees dozens of kitchen staff with discipline and humor. CBS News, "The Inn at Little Washington's recipe for success," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Gulf Coast League Orioles first-round draft pick Grayson Rodriguez made his debut with a pair of walks and a strikeout in a scoreless first inning Thursday for the GCL Orioles. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles minor league report: Closer Jhan Mariñez on a roll at Triple-A Norfolk," 8 July 2018 Price also allowed first-inning homers to Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres, who blasted a three-run shot to right field, and gave Kyle Higashioka the first hit of his career in the fourth — another long home run to left. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Boston’s David Price Knocked Around by Yankees Once Again," 2 July 2018 Trailing 6-5, the South Jersey squad scored five runs in the top of the night inning in Friday’s 10-6 semifinal win over Delaware North at Citizens Bank Park. Marc Narducci,, "Another comeback vaults Olympic-Colonial into Carpenter Cup baseball championship," 22 June 2018 Herrera also tossed a scoreless inning with one strikeout. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Five of the top moments in Kelvin Herrera's career with Royals," 18 June 2018 Werrmann, who entered the game with a 7-1 record and a 2.47 ERA, was a strike away from a scoreless first inning when shortstop Cameron Langston smacked a two-run double to right field. Shelby Dermer,, "Campbell County's season ends with first-round KHSAA tournament loss to McCracken County," 8 June 2018 Logan moved up to Class AAA Colorado Springs and made one appearance, pitching a hitless inning with one walk and three strikeouts. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Left-hander Boone Logan activated from DL; Jorge Lopez returned to Colorado Springs," 10 May 2018 Corona del Mar 7, Irvine 3: Junior Tommy Wilcox pitched a scoreless first inning on the road, but the right-hander gave up his first run in the second inning, ending his scoreless-innings streak at 32. Daily Pilot Staff,, "High school roundup: CdM claims 16th straight Pacific Coast League boys’ volleyball title," 2 May 2018 Zac Gallen pitched six scoreless innings in his Marlins organizational debut, and the New Orleans Baby Cakes rode a four-run first inning to a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Sounds on Friday night for their first win of the season., "Baby Cakes get first 2018 win behind 6 shutout innings from newcomer Zac Gallen," 7 Apr. 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

: 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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