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 Naperville’s oldest tavern will spruce up its outdoor seating area this year with black square tables, black and gray mesh chairs and a black fence. Suzanne Baker, Chicago Tribune, 20 May 2022 That outdoor space is now used by a neighboring tavern, The Backyard, 2153-2155 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2022 A dozen more are on the way, from Salt & Straw to Bamboo Sushi to Ranch Pizza to Breakside Brewing, which has ambitious plans to open two taprooms, an American tavern and a food cart pod anchored by Matt’s BBQ. oregonlive, 12 May 2022 Rudy emerges, and the two of them, after posing for more photos, wander into a tavern packed with St. Patty’s Day revelers. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 For a beer somewhere more casual, Greenlaw recommends Solly’s, a tavern on U Street. Molly Hanson, Outside Online, 25 Mar. 2022 Gastown is the site of the city’s beginnings, apparently a tavern owned by a guy named Gassy Jack. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2022 In 1956, driven out by a rent hike, the Laxers bought a tavern called the Beer Haven in a small South Tampa strip mall and relaunched it as a steak house, furnishing it with antiques and artwork from old theaters, auctions and estate sales. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 The conversation took place late at night early into this new year inside a tavern that has existed for decades and was once a lively meeting place for all sorts of creative types. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Tavern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tavern. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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