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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
\ ˈin How to pronounce Inn (audio) \

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

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: Noun Keys to the inn: The Inn of Chagrin Falls is helping to raise funds for the Chagrin Falls Police Department’s annual Shop with a Cop, which benefits area needy families. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 15 Nov. 2021 Guests at Penny Fernald’s inn on Mount Desert Island in Maine had to swing by the front desk to pick up towels this summer. New York Times, 25 Oct. 2021 Taylor and her husband, Ken, bought the 10-room house nearly three years ago and turned it into an inn. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 From about $550 a night The Bull and Last pub and inn on Hampstead Heath. Kate Maxwell, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2021 After a day out, guests can decompress in the 10 room retreat on nine acres designed with ornate European furnishings to resemble an inn in the French countryside. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Emergency crews were sent to a local inn about 10:30 a.m. Friday after receiving a report that four employees were having difficulty breathing. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 Haunted house Waters Edge Inn invites guests to an inn with crumbling hallways, decaying rooms and restless souls. Kathleen Christiansen,, 13 Aug. 2021 The inn had the best accommodations, including bushels of crabs, a romantic boat ride on the Chesapeake Bay and happy hour with several charcuterie board options., 16 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Strasburg, Scherzer and Corbin all appeared in relief; Strasburg’s October started with a crucial three-inning relief outing in a comeback win over Milwaukee in the wild-card game on Oct. 1. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 16 Feb. 2020 The Giants stayed close, thanks to a first-inning two-run homer by Kevin Pillar, his 20th of the season. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, 1 Sep. 2019 The top of the order then finished the state championship-clinching damage when Sills singled home the second run and Golden, who ripped doubles with his second and fourth-inning at-bats, used his first two-bagger to up the lead to 4-0. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 24 July 2019 Eloy Jimenez just missed hitting a home run on the second pitch of his fourth-inning at-bat Sunday against Kyle Hendricks, pulling the ball foul down the left-field line. Lamond Pope,, 7 July 2019 Entering his fourth-inning at-bat on an 0-for-14 skid, Cuthbert powered a Hector Santiago sinker over the wall in left, contributing his first home run since Aug. 20 of last season. Jesse Newell, kansascity, 29 Apr. 2018 Mark Canha’s seventh-inning home run provided the winning margin and Marcus Semien collected two hits. Sporting Green Staff,, 27 Mar. 2020 On September 21, 2001, baseball returned to New York, with Mets catcher Mike Piazza hitting a dramatic eighth inning home run that would prove to be the game winner. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 22 Mar. 2020

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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
: 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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