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ˈtæv ərntav·ern

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tavern, tap housenoun

    a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks


  1. tavernnoun

    A building containing a bar licensed to sell alcoholic drinks; an inn.

  2. tavernnoun


  3. Etymology: From taverne ‘wine shop’, from taberna ‘inn’.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tavernnoun

    A house where wine is sold, and drinkers are entertained.

    Etymology: taverne, Fr. taberna, Latin.

    Enquire at London, ’mong the taverns there;
    For there they say he daily doth frequent,
    With unrestrained loose companions. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    You shall be called to no more payments; fear no more tavern bills, which are often the sadness of parting, as the procuring of mirth. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    To reform the vices of this town, all taverns and alehouses should be obliged to dismiss their company by twelve at night, and no woman suffered to enter any tavern or alehouse. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tavernnoun

    a public house where travelers and other transient guests are accomodated with rooms and meals; an inn; a hotel; especially, in modern times, a public house licensed to sell liquor in small quantities


  1. Tavern

    A tavern is a place of business where people gather to drink alcoholic beverages and be served food, and in some cases, where travelers receive lodging. An inn is a tavern which has a license to put up guests as lodgers. The word derives from the Latin taberna and the Greek ταβέρνα/taverna, whose original meaning was a shed or workshop. In the English language, a tavern was once an establishment which served wine whilst an inn served beer and ale. Over time, the words "tavern" and "inn" became interchangeable and synonymous. In England, inns started to be referred to as public houses or pubs and the term became standard for all drinking houses.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tavern

    tav′ėrn, n. a licensed house for the sale of liquors, with accommodation for travellers: an inn.—ns. Tav′erner, an innkeeper; Tav′erning. [Fr. taverne—L. taberna, from root of tabula, a board.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Tavern

    From the Latin taberna, a hut of boards.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tavern in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tavern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tavern in a Sentence

  1. Ukranian Proverb:

    The church is near, but the way is icy, The tavern is far, but I will walk carefully.

  2. Norman Douglas:

    Many a man who thinks to found a home discovers that he has merely opened a tavern for his friends.

  3. Mark Levin:

    And I'm just like, in a tavern and looking over the other table and there are guys in black jackboots and Nazi uniforms, and I'm going like, ‘Hmm. This looks bad, wonder how bad it can get.’ the idea that he would compare this to Nazism, we're getting so far away from our history.

  4. Saadi Shirazi:

    Whoso associates with the wicked will be accused of following their ways, though their principles may have made no impression upon him; just as if a person were in the habit of frequenting a tavern, he would not be supposed to go there for prayer, but to drink intoxicating liquor.

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