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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

In this holiday singalong, Crosby and Kaye team up with Clooney and Ellen to spread a little Christmas cheer by saving a local inn from closing. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Christmas Movies on Netflix You Can Stream During the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2018 After exploring the resort’s 48 feet of snowfall by ski or snowboard, turn toward Japan’s legendary hospitality at Niseko’s Moku No Sho (rooms from $213;, a 25-room ryokan (traditional inn). Jessica Flint, WSJ, "A Discerning Vacationer’s Guide to Escaping from Tokyo," 6 Dec. 2018 The suspect then fled as all four girls, who were shaken up but uninjured, ran to a nearby inn and asked for help. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Michigan girls kick, throw coffee to fight off kidnapper, police say," 14 Aug. 2018 New floors, paint, and furnishings have added a more contemporary feel to this classic inn., "How to do Cape Cod on a budget," 6 June 2018 Tee times: Monday features a pro-am inn the morning and practice rounds in the afternoon. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "It's Colonial week. Here's the stellar field, how to park and other things to know | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 May 2018 High-tech auto plants co-exist with beachfront bed-and-breakfast inns and peanut farms. Paul Wiseman, Fox News, "Closed ports, lost power: How storm could hurt area economy," 13 Sep. 2018 Panton got his start working for furniture designer Arne Jacobsen and his first major commission came from his father, who owned an inn and tasked him with revamping its restaurant in 1958. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Inside the maximalist, kaleidoscopic interiors of Verner Panton," 4 Sep. 2018 In early 2007, Secret Service agents began investigating nearly $65,000 worth of phony checks turning up in Savannah at fancy boutiques, inns and galleries. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "Who is the man in the fedora?," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Joe Kelly, Nathan Eovaldi and Craig Kimbrel went one inning each. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Red Sox Notch Game 2 World Series Win Over Dodgers," 25 Oct. 2018 Hader hadn't allowed two hits in one inning all season. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Adalberto Mondesi sparks offense as Royals score five runs in an inning, beat Brewers," 27 June 2018 Her first-inning moonshot provided the perfect thunder to North Reading pitcher Christina Simblaris’s electrifying shutout. Mike Kotsopoulos,, "North Reading overpowers Arlington Catholic in Division 2 North softball," 11 June 2018 Ignited by Zach Rheams’ first-inning grand slam and a solo shot from Cody Farhat to start the next frame, the Red Raiders snatched control from the outset and maintained it the rest of the way at Dan Law Field. Randy Rosetta, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball eliminated from NCAAs with loss to Texas Tech," 3 June 2018 But lest anyone forget that Odor has had late-inning success against Diaz. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Who saw Odor delivering the winning hit? Maybe we should have," 30 May 2018 And an earlier deal, two months ago, had already beefed up the lineup (Denard Span) and late-inning relief (Alex Colome). Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Mariners didn’t trade for a starting pitcher, putting Felix Hernandez’s next start under microscope," 31 July 2018 Someone might suggest, though, that even with his current numbers, Hamilton is underrated as an offensive contributor and, combined with his Gold Glove-level defense, is better than a pinch runner/late-inning defensive replacement. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Forget numbers when deciding Billy Hamilton's value to the Cincinnati Reds," 7 July 2018 There was no late-inning drama or controversial call, only a first inning that well defined the way this year has gone for baseball’s worst team. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles, Bundy done in early in 6-2 loss to Twins, have lost 11 of 12," 6 July 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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