Definition of inn noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪn//
    Holiday accommodation
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  1. 1(old-fashioned, British English) a pub, usually in the country and often one where people can stay the night See related entries: Holiday accommodation
  2. 2(North American English) a small hotel, usually in the country
  3. 3Inn used in the names of many pubs, hotels and restaurants Holiday Inn
  4. Word OriginOld English (in the sense ‘dwelling place, lodging’): of Germanic origin; related to in. In Middle English the word was used to translate Latin hospitium (see hospice), denoting a house of residence for students: this sense is preserved in Britian in the names of some buildings formerly used for this purpose, notably Gray's Inn and Lincoln's Inn, two of the Inns of Court, which are the four organizations in England with the authority to allow lawyers to become barristers. The current sense dates from late Middle English.Extra examples It was very warm in the inn. The hotel is a former coaching inn that dates from 1780. We had dinner at the inn. We stayed at a country inn. The building was a 16th-century coaching inn. the Holiday Inn
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