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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

Hunters crowd into inns and lodges every fall, lured by elk that graze on nearby hillsides. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 Stylish accommodations are still sparse in these parts but exceptions include the four small inns opened since 2014 by fifth-generation Livingston Manorite Sims Foster and his wife, Kirsten. Elizabeth Dunn, WSJ, "A Stress-Free Summer Weekend in the Catskills," 15 June 2018 Zum Nussbaum, a centuries-old inn originally located in a different part of the city, was rebuilt after it was destroyed in an Allied air raid during World War II. New York Times, "A $1,000 Day in Berlin for $100," 29 May 2018 The dispute involves about 700 acres of wilderness in and around the Cooper Spur inn and ski area, an area long eyed by owners Mt. Hood Meadows LLC as a potential site for expansion. Kale Williams,, "Deal to preserve hundreds of acres of Mt. Hood wilderness disputed by conservation groups," 4 May 2018 Great Pumpkin Carve Where: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania When: TBA More than 60 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, "17 Amazing Halloween Celebrations Across America," 11 July 2018 Smith also worked as director of operations for the Vermont Country Store and ran a country inn in Mendon, Vermont. Jon Lender,, "Connecticut Lottery Hires Director Of Illinois Lottery As New CEO," 5 July 2018 It was sold a few times over the following decades before becoming a glamorous country inn in 1997. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian has grand plans for historic Sonoma property," 11 June 2018 All eight seasons of Newhart, set in a Vermont inn, were Hartley's dream. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 10 best (and five worst) TV series finales of all time," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cohen struck out 10 to propel Crescenta Valley to a 12-0 four-inning win against Vaquero in the Little League District 16 championship contest at Montrose Park. Charles Rich,, "Crescenta Valley 9-11 All-Stars baseball captures District 16 title," 12 July 2018 Maikel Franco’s two-out, ninth-inning homer off closer Aroldis Chapman was ultimately inconsequential. New York Times, "Yankees End Skid, but Lose Gary Sanchez for Several Weeks," 25 June 2018 Texas, which jumped out to a 1-0 first-inning lead on a Duke Ellis sacrifice fly, had retaken the lead an inning earlier after losing it in the top half of the third. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas drops first game in Super Regional," 9 June 2018 His top late-inning relievers, P.J. Poulin and Jacob Wallace, should be available for multi-inning stints. Dom Amore,, "Tim Cate Rescues UConn; Huskies Stay Alive With 10-3 Win," 2 June 2018 Sacred Heart 13, Avon 0 — Pitcher Jillian Blake spun a 14-strikeout perfect game in the five-inning win for the Saints, in addition to launching a home run in the third inning. Dan Shulman,, "Latin Academy softball wins 13th straight City League title," 1 June 2018 But Buehler escaped the jam by striking out JB Shuck, and the Marlins never again threatened, mustering only four harmless singles off Buehler during his five-inning stint. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Marlins turn in another stinker, losing first game of "Sewage Series" to Dodgers | Miami Herald," 24 Apr. 2018 Miller departed his start on Wednesday after just one inning due to elbow tightness and was placed on the 10-day disabled list the next day. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo: Initial update on Shelby Miller’s elbow positive," 13 July 2018 On the seventh pitch of the first-inning at-bat, Bauer froze Votto with a slider. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto, Cleveland Indians Trevor Bauer share smiles, laughs in at-bats," 11 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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