ta·​ver·​na tä-ˈver-nə How to pronounce taverna (audio)
: a café in Greece

Examples of taverna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guests can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, paddleboarding or jet skiing, or wandering along a charming waterfront promenade with cafes and tavernas. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 There are six restaurants in total, with the highlight being The Lighthouse, which is inspired by a Greek taverna (climb to the top for a jaw-dropping way to watch the sun come up). Angelina Villa-Clarke, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 There is one bougainvillea-shaded taverna, which shares the village square with a tiny Byzantine chapel, decorated with magnificent 14th-century frescoes. New York Times, 25 Jan. 2024 Thanks to the pleasant climate, visitors can swim, sunbathe, stroll along the shore, and enjoy sunset cocktails at the many lively bars and tavernas virtually all year. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 13 Jan. 2024 Tables spill out from the taverna onto the cobbled sidewalk, giving passersby a front-row view of the homemade Cypriot dishes like rabbit stifado and moussaka, which patrons happily devour for lunch and dinner. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 13 Jan. 2024 In the northern port city of Alexandroupolis, ash rained on empty waterfront tavernas and a thick pall of smoke made breathing hard. Niki Kitsantonis, New York Times, 23 Aug. 2023 Antiparos is only accessible via boat from Paros, its larger sister island, and has a variety of local tavernas, private beaches, and famous archaeological sites. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 31 May 2023 Downstairs at the inn is the charming Venetian taverna Via Mare, but other new offerings abound. Jonathan Soroff, Robb Report, 3 July 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of taverna was in 1914

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“Taverna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taverna. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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