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 To match the tavern name, the menu here takes its cues from pub food (served on disposable, biodegradable plates and eaten with plastic utensils). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How our newest movie-dining options - Silverspot and Movie Tavern - stack up in meal quality," 21 Jan. 2020 The sets, designed by Sabine Theunissen, deploy sculptural accumulations of junk to render the locales where Wozzeck experiences successive humiliations: a captain’s quarters, a doctor’s laboratory, a tavern garden, a soldiers’ barracks. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Operatic Shows of Force," 6 Jan. 2020 The Gothic Bartender, Hudson helms the beverage program at Kru on Mt. Meigs, the Montgomery bar named after a 15th Century Viking word for highway tavern. al, "Looking for a creative take on the Manhattan? Visit these Alabama bartenders," 31 Dec. 2019 The graffiti included commentary about food and services in the Roman town, critiquing wines or bathrooms, for example, on walls outside taverns and latrines in pre-eruption Pompeii. National Geographic, "How can small clues further big discoveries?," 30 Dec. 2019 DeLuca’s Ren Faire setting is refreshing and inventive, providing a vibrant backdrop that bursts off the page with its turkey legs and bustling taverns. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "The 10 best romance novels of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 An argument over gas stations and taverns almost prevented the Carroll County commissioners from adopting parts of their comprehensive rezoning proposal Thursday. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "After tense debate, Carroll County commissioners adopt comprehensive rezoning — with amendment on gas stations," 12 Dec. 2019 The tavern portion of the restaurant remained open for business Saturday and Sunday. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "After car plows into 2 Hopewell in South Glastonbury, restaurant tentatively set to reopen Tuesday," 9 Dec. 2019 He was born in Baltimore, the son of Sam Rose, a Rutter Street neighborhood tavern owner, and his wife, Lena. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Harold A. Rose, retired master detective and Kennedy assassination investigator, dies," 7 Dec. 2019

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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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27 Jan 2020

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“Tavern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tavern. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of tavern

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

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