tavern

noun
tav·​ern | \ ˈta-vərn How to pronounce tavern (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Kallianis will take ownership of the tavern on St. Patrick’s Day. Charles Selle, chicagotribune.com, "Column: New owner dives into charms of Wadsworth’s Duck Inn," 22 Feb. 2021 All liquor stores were closed, but a quick-thinking Smith went to a tavern across the street and convinced the bar tender to loan him several bottles. Mark Kennedy, ajc, "Philip J. Smith, who led Shubert Organization, dies at 89," 15 Jan. 2021 All liquor stores were closed, but a quick-thinking Smith went to a tavern across the street and convinced the bar tender to loan him several bottles. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Philip J. Smith, who led Shubert Organization, dies at 89," 15 Jan. 2021 The tavern is in an area designated by Governor Andrew Cuomo as an orange zone because of spiking COVID-19 rates and was not supposed to be serving customers indoors. CBS News, "New York City bar owner, who has defied coronavirus restrictions, hit deputy with car," 7 Dec. 2020 Located across the street from the house and museum, the tavern was a favorite with cast and crew. cleveland, "Despite Indiana roots, Cleveland is forever home to ‘A Christmas Story’," 13 Dec. 2020 The tavern is in an area designated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as an orange zone because of spiking COVID-19 rates and was not supposed to be serving customers indoors. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Gala uproar, deputy dragged, anti-mask doctor: News from around our 50 states," 8 Dec. 2020 Bing, in fact, kept a ridiculously large roster, even though that meant some of those extra players spent far more time bartending in Peters’ downtown tavern than hitting fungoes for the manager at Civic Stadium. oregonlive, "Hollywood actor Bing Russell embraced Portland’s wild, weird 1970s -- and enticed Elvis with Mavericks, Big League dreams," 25 Jan. 2021 Plans also include a riverside cocktail bar in a grain silo which would give the ambiance of being in a lighthouse, and Baum’s Biergarten, an outdoor tavern, developers said. Judy Pochel, chicagotribune.com, "Montgomery board supports incentives for Gray’s Mill project," 17 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of tavern was in the 14th century

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2 Mar 2021

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“Tavern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tavern. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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tavern

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tavern

: a place where alcoholic drinks are served
old-fashioned : a building that provides lodging and food for people who are traveling

tavern

noun
tav·​ern | \ ˈta-vərn How to pronounce tavern (audio) \

Kids Definition of tavern

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

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