What does INN mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hostel, hostelry, inn, lodge, aubergenoun

    a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers


  1. innnoun

    Any establishment where travellers can procure lodging, food, and drink.

  2. innnoun

    A tavern.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. INNnoun

    A house of entertainment for travellers.

    Etymology: inn, Saxon, a chamber.

    How all this is but a fair inn,
    Of fairer guests which dwell within. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Palmer, quoth he, death is an equal doom
    To good and bad, the common inn of rest;
    But, after death, the trial is to come,
    When best shall be to them that lived best. Fairy Queen.

    Now day is spent,
    Therefore with me ye may take up your inn. Fairy Queen.

    The West, that glimmers with some streaks of day,
    Now spurs the lated traveller apace
    To gain the timely inn. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    That very hour, and in the self-same inn,
    A poor mean woman was delivered. William Shakespeare.

    Like pilgrims to th' appointed place we tend;
    The world's an inn, and death the journey's end. Dryden.

    One may learn more here in one day, than in a year's rambling from one inn to another. John Locke.

    Go some and pull down the Savoy; others to the inns of courts: down with them all. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

  2. To Innverb

    To house; to put under cover.

    He that ears my land, spares my team, and gives me leave to inn the crop. William Shakespeare, All's well that ends well.

    Howsoever the laws made in that parliament did bear good fruit, yet the subsidy bare a fruit that proved harsh and bitter: all was inned at last into the king's barn. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Mow clover or rye-grass, and make it fit to inn. John Mortimer.

  3. To Innverb

    To take up temporary lodging.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    In thyself dwell;
    Inn any where: continuance maketh hell. John Donne.


  1. Inn

    Inns are generally establishments or buildings where travelers can seek lodging, and usually, food and drink. Inns are typically located in the country or along a highway; before the advent of motorized transportation they also provided accommodation for horses.


  1. inn

    An inn is a small hotel or lodging establishment which often offers additional amenities such as meals and recreations. Traditionally, inns were typically located in the countryside or along a highway; however, they can be found in a variety of settings. They may also provide accommodations for travelers and their vehicles, such as horses in the past and cars in contemporary times.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Innnoun

    a place of shelter; hence, dwelling; habitation; residence; abode

  2. Innnoun

    a house for the lodging and entertainment of travelers or wayfarers; a tavern; a public house; a hotel

  3. Innnoun

    the town residence of a nobleman or distinguished person; as, Leicester Inn

  4. Innnoun

    one of the colleges (societies or buildings) in London, for students of the law barristers; as, the Inns of Court; the Inns of Chancery; Serjeants' Inns

  5. Innverb

    to take lodging; to lodge

  6. Innverb

    to house; to lodge

  7. Innverb

    to get in; to in. See In, v. t

  8. Etymology: [AS. in, inn, house, chamber, inn, from AS. in in; akin to Icel. inni house. See In.]


  1. Inn

    Inns are generally establishments or buildings where travelers can seek lodging and, usually, food and drink. They are typically located in the country or along a highway. There are inns in Europe, Asia and North America.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inn

    in, n. a public house for the lodging and entertainment of travellers: a hotel, tavern: (obs.) a lodging, a place of abode.—ns. Inn′-hold′er (Bacon), one who keeps an inn; Inn′keeper, one who keeps an inn.—Inns of Court, the name given to the four voluntary societies which have the exclusive right of calling persons to the English bar (Inner Temple, Middle Temple, Lincoln's Inn, and Gray's Inn). [A.S. in, inn, an inn, house—in, inn, within (adv.), from the prep. in, in.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Inn

    The Anglo-Saxon word Inne expressed a mansion. The Inns of Court were originally the town houses of noble families, whose name they still bear--e.g. Gray’s Inn. Our first inns set apart for the entertainment of travellers were in all cases the mansions of the nobility left in charge of the trusted servant, the gamekeeper, during the prolonged absence, either in the wars at home or in the Crusades abroad, of their owners. The family arms served as a sign. After the return of his master the servant, now an innkeeper, set up an inn of his own contiguous to the original, and adopted the same sign. Here we have an explanation of such grotesque inn signs--now that their names have taken the place of the painted device--as the Blue Boar, the Red Lion, etc. At times the innkeeper preferred the sign of the “Green Man.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. INN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Inn is ranked #77522 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Inn surname appeared 247 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Inn.

    71.6% or 177 total occurrences were Asian.
    11.7% or 29 total occurrences were White.
    10.9% or 27 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.6% or 9 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'INN' in Nouns Frequency: #1978

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of INN in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of INN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of INN in a Sentence

  1. Sheriff Rick Staly:

    Taunting the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will only make you a bigger target on our radar, he will now get a very good look at the new jail signs which he finds ‘hilarious’ when he is booked in to the Green Roof Inn. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  2. Janice Sage:

    There are a lot of talented people that can't, just can't, go out and buy an inn like this, now all they need to do is write and convince me.

  3. Glennda Testone:

    The Stonewall Inn is really an irreplaceable historic location, a site that is so meaningful and represents a time when our community came together and stood up and fought for our right to exist - that's something we never want to lose.

  4. Arthur Rimbaud:

    For a long time I found the celebrities of modern painting and poetry ridiculous. I loved absurd pictures, fanlights, stage scenery, mountebanks backcloths, inn-signs, cheap colored prints; unfashionable literature, church Latin, pornographic books badly spelt, grandmothers novels, fairy stories, little books for children, old operas, empty refrains, simple rhythms.

  5. Kyi Nyan Lynn:

    I wasn't involved in the Inn Din killing, i absolutely haven't committed any other killings, either.

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    being essentially equal to something
    A incumbent
    B equivalent
    C eminent
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