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in Great Britain, any hotel, public house, tavern, or coffeehouse where lodging is provided. In American usage, the inn is generally a small rural lodging house for transients.
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An establishment licensed to sell liquor and beer to be consumed on the premises. A public house or inn for travelers; saloon, bar.


1. A place which provides eating and drinking, but no lodging, for the public; a tavern.
2. A hotel.
3. A student hostel or residence.
4. A hospice.


1. a less common word for pub
2. US, Eastern Canadian, and NZ a place licensed for the sale and consumption of alcoholic drink
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The young lady, after listening to the pedlar's explanation, merely seized a moment to smooth her gown and put her curls in order, and then appeared at the tavern door, making a modest signal to be heard.
On reaching this point, the pedlar no longer saw the man on horseback, but found himself at the head of the village street, not far from a number of stores and two taverns, clustered round the meeting-house steeple.
The day is warm, and there are several idlers lingering about the tavern, and waiting for the public dinner.
Nor was it possible to warm him, when he did come out, by means of a glass of brandy: for in Indian villages, the legislature, with a very good and wise intention, forbids the sale of spirits by tavern keepers.
The persons still in the tavern were a man who appeared to be an artisan, drunk, but not extremely so, sitting before a pot of beer, and his companion, a huge, stout man with a grey beard, in a short full-skirted coat.
Public-service advocates have decried the lottery's willingness to allow tavern owners and gambling-parlor entrepreneurs to rake in big bucks from state-owned video gambling terminals - despite a statutory mandate to "produce the maximum amount of net revenues to benefit the public purpose.
To understand the ban's effect on bar and tavern business , we must look specifically at post-ban revenue totals for bars and taverns.
If you're in the Santa Barbara area or nearby Santa Inez wine country and want to experience some delicious fare, head to Brothers Restaurant at Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos.
A REAL ale festival normally held at the Nursery Tavern in Chapelfields is to move to Coventry Rugby Football Club this year.
Yet Thompson carefully and persuasively argues that the 18th-century Philadelphia tavern was no working-class saloon.
Set to begin December 1 and run through the end of the month, the Sunshine Program will give Iowa's tavern owners the opportunity to solicit donations to the children's charity by selling Sunshine certificates to their customers.
After 15,000 votes were cast, Hickory Tavern finished as the runner-up in ESPN's search for the Best Sports Bar in North America.