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inn

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noun \ˈin\

Definition of inn

  1. 1a :  an establishment for the lodging and entertaining of travelersb :  tavern

  2. 2 :  a residence formerly provided for British students in London and especially for students of law

Examples of inn in a sentence

  1. We stayed at a cozy little inn in the country.

  2. we decided to stay at an inn rather than keep driving all night

Origin and Etymology of inn

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


First Known Use: 12th century


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inn

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Definition of inn

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to put up at an inn

14th Century

First Known Use of inn

14th century


Inn

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geographical name \ˈin\

Definition of Inn

  1. river 320 miles (515 kilometers) long flowing from southeastern Switzerland northeast through Austria into the Danube River in southeastern Germany — see engadine


INN Defined for English Language Learners

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inn

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noun \ˈin\

Definition of inn for English Language Learners

  • : a house usually in the country where people can eat and rent a room to sleep in

  • : a pub


INN Defined for Kids

inn

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noun \ˈin\

Definition of inn for Students

  1. :  a house that provides a place to sleep and food for travelers



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