tavern

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From Old French taverne (wine shop), from Latin taberna (inn).

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tavern (plural taverns)

  1. A building containing a bar licensed to sell alcoholic drinks; an inn.
    • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, Ch.III:
      At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. [] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.

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