from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the premises.
- n. An inn for travelers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A building containing a bar licensed to sell alcoholic drinks; an inn.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A public house where travelers and other transient guests are accomodated with rooms and meals; an inn; a hotel; especially, in modern times, a public house licensed to sell liquor in small quantities.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A public house where wines and other liquors are sold, and where food is provided for travelers and other guests; a public house where both food and drink are supplied; an inn.
- n. Synonyms Inn, Tavern, Hotel, House. In the United States inn and tavern are rarely now popularly applied to places of public entertainment, except sometimes as quaint or affected terms; but in law tavern is sometimes used for any place of public entertainment where liquor is sold under license. Hotel is the general word, or, often, house as the name of a particular hotel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks
Middle English taverne, from Old French, from Latin taberna, hut, tavern, probably from *traberna, from trabs, trab-, beam; see trave.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French taverne ("wine shop"), from Latin taberna ("inn"). (Wiktionary)