Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any establishment where travellers can procure lodging, food, and drink.
  • n. A tavern.
  • v. To house; to lodge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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. 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
  • intransitive v. To take lodging; to lodge.
  • transitive v. To house; to lodge.
  • transitive v. To get in; to in. See In, v. t.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English; see en in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English inn. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    The Moor

  • Great hosts and the "inn" is just so perfect for a base of travel in and around Oaxaca.

    Good New and Bad News

  • All the water throughout the inn is purified for safety.

    An oasis of comfort in Ajijic: Casa del Sol Bed and Breakfast Inn

  • The inn is the best-looking place I have ever been to.

    Charm XVIII : sunshine is free

  • The inn is gone but the Beachwood Yacht Club still exists, although not in the original building.

    2009 March 05 « Beachwood Historical Alliance

  • 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.

    Dream Hideaways: The World's Top Microboutique Hotels

  • The inn is in the village of Stretton, just off the A1 in that part of Rutland that is more like Lincolnshire in character.

    Ruddles County

  • 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.

    True Crime | The Stiletto Gang

  • It will be understood that the word inn-keeper is here employed in a restricted sense, and does not extend to an entire class.

    Les Miserables

  • 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.

    Roundabout Papers

Comments

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  • It's more like a public house (UK = "pub"; other folk = bar) that offers accommodation of some sort. Not as upmarket as a hotel.

    June 18, 2008

  • I really like this word, but I'm not sure why. Maybe because it's short and simple and sounds cozy. I do recognize, however, that it enables countless cutesy punny names like The Dewdrop Inn.

    December 7, 2007