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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

Anyone who spent their Labor Day weekend Netflix and chilling with the new release met Garbiela (Christina Milian), a down-on-her-luck San Francisco resident who won an inn in New Zealand. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Everything to Know About Your New Netflix Crush Adam Demos, Who Plays Jake in Falling Inn Love," 4 Sep. 2019 Your character enters a pretty random competition to win an inn. Ruth Kinane,, "Christina Milian on new Netflix rom-com Falling Inn Love: 'Goats are super chill'," 29 Aug. 2019 Mousetrap Theatre Palisades stages the classic Agatha Christie whodunit about disparate characters stranded at an English country inn during a snowstorm with a murderer among them. Los Angeles Times, "Theater in L.A. this week: ‘Always Running,’ ‘Witch’ with Maura Tierney and more," 25 Aug. 2019 Their conversation turns to two handsome boys who stayed at the inn prior to Billy’s arrival; the old woman mentions that these boys never left. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Taxidermy Is a Metaphor for Our Time," 21 Aug. 2019 Management at the inn did not immediately return a request for comment on Thursday. Max Londberg,, "Iraq War vet with PTSD denied lodging at NKY inn because of her service dog, complaint says," 25 July 2019 Park lore suggests that guests were stranded at the inn in the early 20th century by a freak blizzard, and hence started the tradition. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "It’s snowing in Yellowstone—on the first day of summer.," 21 June 2019 And the inn is just steps from Sutter Creek’s restaurants, shops and the wonderfully old-fashioned Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Gold Country Hotels: Peek inside the historic Sutter Creek Inn," 5 Aug. 2019 Settle into our historic ryokan — or traditional Japanese inn — located just outside the city, in the hot springs town of Shibu Onsen. National Geographic, "Japan Family Journey: From Ancient to Modern Times," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Toribio, an 18-year-old third baseman, had the lone hit among the crop - a second-inning single against Conor Grammes in Game 2. Rusty Simmons,, "Giants’ AAA squad evens playoff series with reclamation project Zach Houchins," 5 Sep. 2019 Marcus Semien accounted for the second run with a second-inning single that brought home Josh Phegley, who had doubled. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Mike Fiers extends win streak in Oakland Athletics’ win over Kansas City Royals," 27 Aug. 2019 Davis read the letter and folded it up and put it in his pocket before hitting a first-inning single to end his slump. Jenna West,, "Chris Davis Meets Young Red Sox Fan Whose Heartfelt Letter Helped Him Break Slump," 17 Aug. 2019 Giants third baseman Evan Longoria drove in the first two runs of the game after Young permitted first-inning singles to Donovan Solano and Buster Posey and a walk to Austin Slater. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks dumbfounded after shutout loss to Giants in series opener," 15 Aug. 2019 When Nick Senzel exited Wednesday’s game after a first-inning single, there were concerns that it may be related to his history with vertigo. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel feeling better after leaving game, says it wasn't vertigo," 26 July 2019 Davis grounded into a double play after Santander’s second-inning single, then was the front end of Wilkerson’s double play in the sixth after singling himself. Nathan Ruiz,, "Trey Mancini homers twice as Orioles rally against Nationals bullpen for 9-2 victory," 18 July 2019 The difference in Thursday evening’s victory by Costa Mesa American Little League’s Major Division champions was a string of fifth-inning singles, aided by an error, and two impressive performances on the mound. Scott French,, "Costa Mesa American Little League shuts out Costa Mesa National to reach District 62 Major final," 13 June 2019 Reliever Richard Bleier got knocked around in the fifth, rendering a pair of middle-inning home runs by Chance Sisco and Chris Davis meaningless. Peter Schmuck,, "Nationals swing back against Orioles, split two-game interleague series with 8-4 victory," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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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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