|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]|
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.