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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


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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

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 When the pandemic forced the country into lockdown, the Fairbankses closed the inn on March 21. Rachel Siegel, Anchorage Daily News, "Devastated by lockdowns, Hawaii’s struggling tourism industry pins its hopes on the first signs of reopening," 15 Oct. 2020 After sitting vacant for nearly a decade, a former inn in Branson, Missouri, has been converted into affordable housing, potentially providing a model to address housing shortages across the country. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Reforestation project smashes goal, and more," 18 Sep. 2020 The inn failed to collect proper contact tracing information from attendees, WGME reports. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "87 coronavirus cases now linked to indoor wedding reception in Maine," 28 Aug. 2020 The inn was purchased by UConn in 2015 for $8.4 million with the idea that it would be converted to a residence hall, coming amid a push for construction of a new hotel in the Downtown Storrs development. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Renovated hotel on UConn campus provides housing option for returning students," 13 Aug. 2020 Consider Sara Farish, who had to close her inn on Orcas Island, north of Seattle, between March and June. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, "US is expected to report a record-breaking economic plunge," 29 July 2020 More than 70 artists compete in this event, which started in the early 1970s after painters Andrew and Jamie Wyeth carved pumpkins to decorate a local inn. Catherine Strawn, Country Living, "29 Best Halloween Events Near You, From Festivals to Costume Contests," 12 June 2020 In spring 1873, a local noticed that the Bender inn had been abandoned and, upon closer investigation, found the family’s livestock dead or starving. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Kansas Homestead Where America’s First Serial Killer Family Committed Its Crimes Is Up for Sale," 4 Feb. 2020 The hit Hallmark Channel series Chesapeake Shores is based on Woods' eponymous collection of novels about a woman who returns home to Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, from New York City to help her sister restore an inn. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Sweet Magnolias Author Sherryl Woods Also Wrote the Books Behind Your Favorite Hallmark Series," 9 July 2020 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, "Diamondbacks' Zac Gallen has efficiency in mind in sharp spring debut," 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, "How will Nationals' pitching staff deal with World Series workload in 2020?," 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, "Loud cheers but no magic in Pablo Sandoval’s likely last cameo," 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, "Pearland 10s defeat Needville to capture Texas East state championship," 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,, "Eloy Jimenez’s 2-run homer propels the White Sox to a 3-1 win over the Cubs," 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, "How the Royals overcame their biggest offensive struggle in a win over the White Sox | The Kansas City Star," 29 Apr. 2018 Mark Canha’s seventh-inning home run provided the winning margin and Marcus Semien collected two hits. Sporting Green Staff,, "March 27 Strat-O-Matic results: Dodgers top Giants; A’s blank Twins," 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, "Echoes of 9/11, as New Yorkers 'try to keep calm but we can't quite carry on'," 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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The first known use of inn was in the 12th century

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24 Oct 2020

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“Inn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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
chiefly British : 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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