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Inn, n. Etym: [AS. in,inn, house, chamber, inn, from AS. in in; akin to Icel. inni house. See In.]
1. A place of shelter; hence, dwelling; habitation; residence; abode.
Therefore with me ye may take up your inn For this same night. Spenser.
2. A house for the lodging and entertainment of travelers or wayfarers; a tavern; a public house; a hotel.
Note: As distinguished from a private boarding house, an inn is a house for the entertainment of all travelers of good conduct and means of payment,as guests for a brief period,not as lodgers or boarders by contract. The miserable fare and miserable lodgment of a provincial inn. W. Irving.
3. The town residence of a nobleman or distinguished person; as, Leicester Inn. [Eng.]
4. 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. Inns of chancery (Eng.), colleges in which
young students formerly began their law studies, now occupied chiefly
by attorneys, solicitors, etc.
-- Inns of court (Eng.), the four societies of "students and practicers of the law of England" which in London exercise the exclusive right of admitting persons to practice at the bar; also, the buildings in which the law students and barristers have their chambers. They are the Inner Temple, the Middle Temple, Lincoln's Inn, and Gray's Inn.
Inn, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Inned; p. pr. & vb. n. Inning.]
Defn: To take lodging; to lodge. [R.] Addison.
Inn, v. t.
1. To house; to lodge. [Obs.]
When he had brought them into his city
And inned them, everich at his degree. Chaucer.
2. To get in; to in. See In, v. t.
Illustrated Bible Dictionary
---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Inn - In the modern sense, unknown in the East. The khans or caravanserais, which correspond to the European inn, are not alluded to in the Old Testament. The "inn" mentioned in Exodus 4:24 was just the halting-place of the caravan. In later times khans were erected for the accommodation of travelers. In Luke 2:7 the word there so rendered denotes a place for loosing the beasts of their burdens. It is rendered "guest-chamber" in Mark 14:14 and Luke 22:11. In Luke 10:34 the word so rendered is different. That inn had an "innkeeper" or "inn-keeper," who attended to the wants of travelers.
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