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

Definition of taverna

: a café in Greece

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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 Last fall, the couple sat down to dinner at Kiki’s Greek taverna in Chinatown and received a warm greeting from Opening Ceremony cofounder Humberto Leon, who was seated nearby. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Inside the Epic Jean-Paul Gaultier Archive Sale From New York’s Coolest Vintage Shop," 2 Apr. 2018 Little wooden fishing boats painted with evil eyes to ward off misfortune still bob in the harbors, and tavernas like beachfront Fokos serve the same simple, delicious dishes. Alexander Lobrano, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Travel Guide to Mykonos, Hydra, and Santorini," 5 June 2017 Try the 38-seat Alter Miami in Wynwood or Mandolin Aegean Bistro, the Greco-Turkish taverna in the Design District. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: NYC, Boston, and D.C. to Miami from $81 Round-Trip This Winter," 31 Oct. 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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