tavern

noun
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 Hiram Lewis, the owner of the tavern, was taken into custody after police found an outstanding warrant for his arrest in connection to a domestic violence case. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Illinois mayor 'embarrassed' after wife gets caught by police at party violating stay-at-home order," 7 Apr. 2020 In a few words The taverns are fair full of gadabouts making merry this eve. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 30 Mar. 2020 Rahami shot an officer who approached him in a vestibule of a tavern, where Rahimi had been sleeping, the morning of Sept. 19, 2016. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "New York City bomber given another life sentence for shooting at officers," 25 Jan. 2020 Pennsylvania lawmakers approved a measure Wednesday to allow restaurants, bars and taverns to sell mixed drinks to go. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Pennsylvania House endorses plan for mixed drinks to go," 30 Apr. 2020 Sitwell’s comprehensive history begins with the taverns and restaurants of Pompeii and concludes with a chapter on the future of dining out. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "A 2,000-Year History of Restaurants and Other New Books to Read," 24 Apr. 2020 The tavern and millions of other shuttered businesses nationwide have turned to their insurers to help recoup their losses following state-mandate closures, which combined may exceed $300 billion a month. Michael Tarm, Fortune, "Closed by coronavirus, businesses launch wave of lawsuits to force insurers to pay for lockdown losses," 23 Apr. 2020 The tavern and millions of other shuttered businesses nationwide have turned to their insurers to help recoup their losses following state-mandate closures, which combined may exceed $300 billion a month. Michael Tarm, Anchorage Daily News, "Legal battles loom across the U.S. as businesses hit by pandemic shutdown sue insurers," 23 Apr. 2020 The tavern and millions of other shuttered businesses nationwide have turned to their insurers to help recoup their losses following state-mandate closures, which combined may exceed $300 billion a month. Michael Tarm, The Christian Science Monitor, "Should insurance cover business losses during a pandemic?," 23 Apr. 2020

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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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18 May 2020

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“Tavern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tavern. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for tavern

tavern

noun
How to pronounce tavern (audio)

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

tavern

noun
tav·​ern | \ ˈta-vərn How to pronounce tavern (audio) \

Kids Definition of tavern

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

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