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[tav-ern] /ˈtæv ərn/
a place where liquors are sold to be consumed on the premises.
a public house for travelers and others; inn.
Origin of tavern
1250-1300; Middle English taverne < Old French < Latin taberna hut, inn, wine shop
Related forms
tavernless, adjective
1. bar; pub. 2. hostelry. See hotel. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tavern
  • She's gone off to see her aromatherapy expert, followed by a visit to a local tavern specializing in extra-large martinis.
  • These are not the typical rowdy drunken gamblers and their wenches revelling in the tavern.
  • Accordionist in a beer tavern among merry tourists from different countries.
  • Late one afternoon, desperate for companionship, she drove down the mountain to a neighborhood tavern.
  • Each week, a new time-traveling guest star visits the tavern to confront his or her destiny.
  • Comes with a deep hood that can be dramatically flung back when entering your local tavern.
  • It is now the campus tavern, used mainly on weekends.
  • He envied every daysman and drover in the tavern their manly speech.
  • Tell me why it's important, in language you'd use over beers in a sticky-floor tavern.
  • Don't forget to rest your feet and enjoy a cool beverage in the working, colonial tavern.
British Dictionary definitions for tavern


a less common word for pub
(US & Eastern Canadian, NZ) a place licensed for the sale and consumption of alcoholic drink
Word Origin
C13: from Old French taverne, from Latin taberna hut
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Word Origin and History for tavern

late 13c., "wine shop," later "public house" (mid-15c.), from Old French taverne (mid-13c.) "shed made of boards, booth, stall," also "tavern, inn," from Latin taberna "shop, inn, tavern," originally "hut, shed," possibly by dissimilation from *traberna, from trabs (genitive trabis) "beam, timber."

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