a commercial establishment that provides lodging, food, etc., for the public, especially travelers; small hotel.
a tavern.
(initial capital letter) British.
any of several buildings in London formerly used as places of residence for students, especially law students. Compare Inns of Court.
a legal society occupying such a building.

before 1000; Middle English, Old English in(n) house; akin to Old Norse inni (adv.) within, in the house

innless, adjective

1. hostelry. See hotel. Unabridged


a river in central Europe, flowing from S Switzerland through Austria and Germany into the Danube. 320 miles (515 km) long. Unabridged
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inn (ɪn)
1.  a pub or small hotel providing food and accommodation
2.  (formerly, in England) a college or hall of residence for students, esp of law, now only in the names of such institutions as the Inns of Court
[Old English; compare Old Norse inni inn, house, place of refuge]

Inn (ɪn)
a river in central Europe, rising in Switzerland in Graubünden and flowing northeast through Austria and Bavaria to join the River Danube at Passau: forms part of the border between Austria and Germany. Length: 514 km (319 miles)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. inn "lodging, dwelling, house," probably from inne (adv.) "inside, within." Meaning "public house with lodging" is possibly 12c., definitely by c.1400. Meaning "lodging house or residence for students" is 1214 in Anglo-L., obsolete except in names of buildings that were so used (e.g. Inns of Court,
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Inn definition

in the modern sense, unknown in the East. The khans or caravanserais, which correspond to the European inn, are not alluded to in the Old Testament. The "inn" mentioned in Ex. 4:24 was just the halting-place of the caravan. In later times khans were erected for the accommodation of travellers. In Luke 2:7 the word there so rendered denotes a place for loosing the beasts of their burdens. It is rendered "guest-chamber" in Mark 14:14 and Luke 22:11. In Luke 10:34 the word so rendered is different. That inn had an "inn-keeper," who attended to the wants of travellers.

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