American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A public lodging house serving food and drink to travelers; a hotel.
- n. A tavern or restaurant.
- n. Chiefly British Formerly, a residence hall for students, especially law students, in London.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A house; a dwelling; a dwelling-place; an abode.
- n. Habitation; abode; residence.
- n. A house for the lodging and entertainment of travelers; in law, a public house kept for the lodging and entertainment of such as may choose to visit it, and providing what is necessary for their subsistence, for compensation; a tavern; a public hotel. In consequence of thus holding out the house as a place of public entertainment, the keeper comes under obligation to serve all comers, and to answer, within restrictions provided by the law, for the safety of their property.
- n. A college or building in which students were lodged and taught: now retained only for the Inns of Court, in London. See below.
- n. The town residence of a person of quality; a private hotel: as, Leicester Inn.
- n. The precincts or premises occupied by these societies respectively. They are the Inner Temple, Middle Temple, Lincoln's Inn, and Gray's Inn. The first two originally belonged to the Knights Templars, whence the name Temple.
- n. Synonyms Hotel, House, etc. See tavern.
- To furnish entertainment and lodging to; place in shelter.
- To take up lodging; lodge.
- An obsolete form of in.
- n. Any establishment where travellers can procure lodging, food, and drink.
- n. A tavern.
- v. obsolete To house; to lodge.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A place of shelter; hence, dwelling; habitation; residence; abode.
- n. A house for the lodging and entertainment of travelers or wayfarers; a tavern; a public house; a hotel.
- n. engraving The town residence of a nobleman or distinguished person.
- n. One of the colleges (societies or buildings) in London, for students of the law barristers
- v. rare To take lodging; to lodge.
- v. obsolete To house; to lodge.
- v. To get in; to in. See In, v. t.
- n. a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers
- Old English inn. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English; see en in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I had a choice of inns there (if one used the term inn in its loosest sense), and I chose the place with the attempt at flowers near the entrance.”
“Great hosts and the "inn" is just so perfect for a base of travel in and around Oaxaca.”
“All the water throughout the inn is purified for safety.”
“The inn is the best-looking place I have ever been to.”
“The inn is gone but the Beachwood Yacht Club still exists, although not in the original building.”
“The inn is the pet project of Canadian construction magnate Cliff Lede (that's his eponymous winery directly below) and takes its name from his top red blend, also called Poetry.”
“The inn is in the village of Stretton, just off the A1 in that part of Rutland that is more like Lincolnshire in character.”
“The next day, we took a long ski tour on the East Pasture Loop, and, returning to the inn from a different direction, we were confronted by yellow crime scene tape.”
“It will be understood that the word inn-keeper is here employed in a restricted sense, and does not extend to an entire class.”
“I protest it was the word inn set me off — and here is one, the “Hotel de Belle Vue,” at the Hague, as comfortable, as handsome, as cheerful as any I ever took mine ease in.”
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