tavern

noun tav·ern \ ˈta-vərn \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of tavern

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

Examples of tavern in a Sentence

  1. a seedy section of the city's waterfront that was rife with cheap taverns, tattoo parlors, and run-down flophouses

  2. a colonial-era tavern that has been serving weary travelers for two and a half centuries

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Origin and Etymology of tavern

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


TAVERN Defined for English Language Learners

tavern

Definition of tavern for English Language Learners

  • : a place where alcoholic drinks are served

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


TAVERN Defined for Kids

tavern

noun tav·ern \ ˈta-vərn \

Definition of tavern for Students

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


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