1 of 2


: 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


2 of 2


inned; inning; inns

intransitive verb

: to put up at an inn

Example Sentences

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
This popular little spot is found beneath a charming, historic inn in the heart of Stowe. Mahita Gajanan, Travel + Leisure, 17 May 2023 Steeped in history, the Champagne region’s some 16,000 growers and more than 300 houses—as well as the entwined hospitality industry encompassing hotels, inns, and restaurants—are prioritizing sustainability to ensure the longevity of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Regan Stephens, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2023 The inn itself, in the heart of downtown, is a haven of quiet coastal luxury. Pamela Wright,, 11 May 2023 Would an intimate inn inside a home from one of the city’s many eras and architectural styles — Georgian, Federalist, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, or Victorian – deliver more suitable ambiance for a romantic getaway? Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 5 May 2023 And sure enough, that evening the two strangers ended up in the same Burgos inn, which was filled with other Camino walkers. Francesca Street, CNN, 28 Apr. 2023 About an hour east, Joshua Tree National Park offers spectacular rock formations, starry skies, and campgrounds. Stay in a luxe golf resort, boutique hotel, restored motel-style inn, or modern downtown hotel, depending on your plans for the weekend. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 11 Apr. 2023 The town also offers cozy inns, quaint shops, and delicious dining options. James Barrett, Redbook, 16 Mar. 2023 Karen worked as a waitress at the local inn and spent her leisure time plotting an escape to some unspecified big city. New York Times, 26 July 2022
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 See More

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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 31 May. 2023.

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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