- a commercial establishment that provides lodging, food, etc., for the public, especially travelers; small hotel.
- a tavern.
- (initial capital letter) British.
- any of several buildings in London formerly used as places of residence for students, especially law students.Compare Inns of Court.
- a legal society occupying such a building.
- a river in central Europe, flowing from S Switzerland through Austria and Germany into the Danube. 320 miles (515 km) long.
- a pub or small hotel providing food and accommodation
- (formerly, in England) a college or hall of residence for students, esp of law, now only in the names of such institutions as the Inns of Court
- a river in central Europe, rising in Switzerland in Graubünden and flowing northeast through Austria and Bavaria to join the River Danube at Passau: forms part of the border between Austria and Germany. Length: 514 km (319 miles)
Old English inn “lodging, dwelling, house,” probably from inne (adv.) “inside, within” (see in). Meaning “public house with lodging” is perhaps by c.1200, certainly by c.1400. Meaning “lodging house or residence for students” is early 13c. in Anglo-Latin, obsolete except in names of buildings that were so used (e.g. Inns of Court, mid-15c.).