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posada

[poh-sah-duh; Spanish paw-sah-th ah] /poʊˈsɑ də; Spanish pɔˈsɑ ðɑ/
noun, plural posadas
[poh-sah-duh z; Spanish paw-sah-th ahs] /poʊˈsɑ dəz; Spanish pɔˈsɑ ðɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in some Spanish-speaking countries) a government-operated or -approved inn offering moderately priced rooms to tourists, especially in a historic area.
Origin of posada
1755-1765
1755-65; < Spanish: inn, lodging, dwelling, equivalent to pos(ar) to lodge, rest (< Late Latin pausāre; see pose1) + -ada, feminine of -ado -ate1
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  • A long time ago I chanced to be in a posada, or inn, at Valladolid in Spain.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • It was no doubt a posada and some other traveller was trying for admittance.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • Enough that he was there, and gazing at the spectacular procession as it filed past the posada.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • Then he turned in to the posada, and hastily summoned Mateo.

  • We passed through the entire length of the town ere we reached the posada; the streets were dark and almost entirely deserted.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • The others had long since retired for the night when he returned to the posada.

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
British Dictionary definitions for posada

posada

/poˈsaða/
noun (pl) -das (-ðas)
1.
an inn in a Spanish-speaking country
Word Origin
literally: place for stopping
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Word Origin and History for posada
n.

"inn," 1763, from Spanish posada "home, lodging," from posar "to repose, rest, lodge," from Latin pausare (see pause (v.)).

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