tav·​ern | \ˈta-vərn \

Definition of tavern 

1 : an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold to be drunk on the premises

2 : inn

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Examples of tavern in a Sentence

a seedy section of the city's waterfront that was rife with cheap taverns, tattoo parlors, and run-down flophouses a colonial-era tavern that has been serving weary travelers for two and a half centuries

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Chef Jim Malaby, whose blueplate in Mullica Hill is a go-to in that slice of Gloucester County, has gone the tavern route for #2, setting up the roomy but comfy Center Square Tavern in nearby Woolwich Township. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: Poke and the Rittenhouse scene," 30 May 2018 On game days, the tavern will have happy-hour prices, which includes $3 domestic drafts and bottles, along with $5 house wines and well drinks. Elizabeth Backo, azcentral, "13 places to watch the 2018 World Cup in metro Phoenix," 12 June 2018 The French Quarter will have a new detour when Longway opens Thursday (May 17) at 4 p.m. The tavern is a project of Liam Deegan and Robert LeBlanc, who are partners in Barrel Proof. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "Longway Tavern, from Barrel Proof and Sylvain, opens Thursday," 15 May 2018 Kyle Kelly, a member of the tavern's founding family, which has contributed $1,500 to SmartKC, declined to comment. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC Streetcar too far away from Westport to justify the expense, merchants say | The Kansas City Star," 2 May 2018 It was invented at Matt’s Bar, and this humble, but charming, neighborhood tavern remains the place to make a burger pilgrimage in the Twin Cities. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "America’s unique burger styles, and where to try them," 4 July 2018 Montana Nights will submit a request to the state for a tavern permit. Nyssa Kruse, courant.com, "Alcohol License Approved For Newington Ax Throwing Venue," 27 June 2018 The Javelina Cantina won us over with their fajitas and a tavern-style friendliness. Joe Drape, New York Times, "On an Arizona Road Trip, Miles of Family Firsts," 12 June 2018 Barr, 34, died after a contractor hit a gas line under the streets of downtown Sun Prairie, prompting a massive explosion that injured 11 others and destroyed a number of buildings — including Barr's own tavern. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mourners, including 700 uniformed officers, turn out to honor firefighter killed in blast," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of tavern

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tavern

Middle English taverne, from Anglo-French, from Latin taberna hut, shop

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English Language Learners Definition of tavern

: a place where alcoholic drinks are served

: a building that provides lodging and food for people who are traveling


tav·​ern | \ˈta-vərn \

Kids Definition of tavern

1 : a place where beer and liquor are sold and drunk

2 : inn

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