ta·​ver·​na | \ tä-ˈver-nə How to pronounce taverna (audio) \

Definition of taverna

: a café in Greece

Examples of taverna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The streets were dotted with vendors selling falafal and German-style sausages, Italian cafés and Greek tavernas. The Economist, "Yeoville Hard times and hotplates in the most diverse district in Africa," 18 Dec. 2019 These should be sampled with a strong Greek coffee at one of the tavernas in the central square. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 2019 Savor the flavors Eating vegan in Greek tavernas can be easy. Danai Papageorgiou, National Geographic, "See Athens like a Nat Geo Explorer," 8 Apr. 2019 The stage musical resourcefully wraps a catalog of peppy, 1970s-era earworms around the upcoming wedding of optimistic, 20-year-old Sophie (Grace Yoo), whose hard-working single mom, Donna (Joan Almedilla), runs a taverna on a Greek island. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ with an Asian cast? Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!," 12 June 2019 Stop to snorkel at Kambia Beach within view of the crimson cliffs of Red Beach, and then paddle back to Akrotiri for lunch at a seaside taverna. National Geographic, "Greek Islands Adventure," 12 June 2019 In Athens and on the sunny Greek islands, tourists are packing hotels, bars and tavernas. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "As Greece Ends a Decade of Bailouts, Problems Linger for Europe," 19 June 2018 One of Greece's Saronic islands, the car-less Hydra is known for its cosmopolitan nature, with lots of seaside snack bars, cafés, tavernas, restaurants, bars, and clubs for people-watching at all hours of the day. Condé Nast Traveler, "Car-Free Destinations for Your Next Island Vacation," 1 June 2018 Two good rough-and-tumble tavernas are Kodylenia and Xeri Elia; a third, Papagalos, mixes terrific cocktails and has views of the harbor. Alexander Lobrano, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Travel Guide to Mykonos, Hydra, and Santorini," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of taverna

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taverna

Modern Greek taberna, probably from Late Greek, drinking establishment, from Latin, hut, shop

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30 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Taverna.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taverna. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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