Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A café or small restaurant in Greece.

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  • noun a small Greek restaurant

Etymologies

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

[Modern Greek, from Medieval Greek tabernā, from Late Greek, from Latin taberna; see tavern.]

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From Greek ταβέρνα (taverna), from Latin taberna.

Examples

  • The taverna was a low, squat structure of whitewashed plaster with a swinging wooden door through which lemon light poured beckoningly and with a creaking sign over its frontage, depicting a giant crab so elaborately carapaced it seemed pre - historic.

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  • The first was a kind of taverna; the other was more classic.

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  • And don't let the "taverna" appellation mislead; although the bar serves lunch and upscale bar noshes ($9-14), it's not really a dinner destination (kitchen open M-F until 8).

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  • Immediately, offers poured in -- from a taverna in the wealthy neighborhood of Kolonaki, from a big baked goods chain, from green grocers in the wholesale market of Rendi, from caterers with leftovers from weddings and baptisms -- and were directed to orphanages, old age homes, halfway houses for the handicapped, soup kitchens run by churches and municipalities all over the Athens area.

    Diana Farr Louis: Food Aid Takes Off in Athens

  • Immediately, offers poured in -- from a taverna in the wealthy neighborhood of Kolonaki, from a big baked goods chain, from green grocers in the wholesale market of Rendi, from caterers with leftovers from weddings and baptisms -- and were directed to orphanages, old age homes, halfway houses for the handicapped, soup kitchens run by churches and municipalities all over the Athens area.

    Diana Farr Louis: Food Aid Takes Off in Athens

  • At remote Kechria, in what the Skiathian writer Papadiamantis called a "beautiful, melancholic valley", a Greek flag flies above the craggy beach as people wade into the sea, or stop in the shade of the beach taverna for a cold Mythos beer.

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  • At remote Kechria, in what the Skiathian writer Papadiamantis called a "beautiful, melancholic valley", a Greek flag flies above the craggy beach as people wade into the sea, or stop in the shade of the beach taverna for a cold Mythos beer.

    Insiders' guide to Greece

  • "I really must go by myself," she declared as they sat in the smoke-filled taverna, waiting for the second act of flamenco to begin.

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  • Immediately, offers poured in -- from a taverna in the wealthy neighborhood of Kolonaki, from a big baked goods chain, from green grocers in the wholesale market of Rendi, from caterers with leftovers from weddings and baptisms -- and were directed to orphanages, old age homes, halfway houses for the handicapped, soup kitchens run by churches and municipalities all over the Athens area.

    Diana Farr Louis: Food Aid Takes Off in Athens

  • Immediately, offers poured in -- from a taverna in the wealthy neighborhood of Kolonaki, from a big baked goods chain, from green grocers in the wholesale market of Rendi, from caterers with leftovers from weddings and baptisms -- and were directed to orphanages, old age homes, halfway houses for the handicapped, soup kitchens run by churches and municipalities all over the Athens area.

    Diana Farr Louis: Food Aid Takes Off in Athens

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