• WordNet 3.6
    • n tavern a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Enjoying a smoke in a tavern, about 1625. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Enjoying a smoke in a tavern, about 1625. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In California, animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
    • n Tavern 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: New Hampshire law forbids you to tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or cafe.
    • n tavern A public house where wines and other liquors are sold, and where food is provided for travelers and other guests; a public house where both food and drink are supplied; an inn. Taverns existed in England as early as the thirteenth century. At first only wines and liquors were sold.
    • n tavern Synonyms Inn, Tavern, Hotel, House. In the United States inn and tavern are rarely now popularly applied to places of public entertainment, except sometimes as quaint or affected terms; but in law tavern is sometimes used for any place of public entertainment where liquor is sold under license. Hotel is the general word, or, often, house as the name of a particular hotel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average 150,000 pints of Guiness are lost each year in the mustaches of English tavern-goers.
    • n Tavern tav′ėrn a licensed house for the sale of liquors, with accommodation for travellers: an inn
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.”
  • Thomas Hood
    Thomas Hood
    “My books kept me from the ring, the dog-pit, the tavern, and the saloon.”
  • Norman Douglas
    “Many a man who thinks to found a home discovers that he has merely opened a tavern for his friends.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. taverne, F. taverne, from L. taberna, a hut, booth, tavern. Cf. Table Tabernacle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. taverne—L. taberna, from root of tabula, a board.


In literature:

Not for a tavern in a town of less than a thousand people.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
He came forth from the waggon and held parley with the landlord of the tavern.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
She really did hope the story about the tavern-keeper was not true.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
The City Hotel is as large as the London Tavern.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
Then the preachers joined in the clamor, affirming it to be a greater sin to go to a coffee house than to enter a tavern.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Mrs. Chichester, the keeper of the Huntington Tavern, is bustling about her kitchen, when Lieutenant Drew enters the back door.
"The Story of Nathan Hale" by Henry Fisk Carlton
There were some noted taverns where one might see foreign sailors, and shops that displayed curious goods.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
When Rita and her mother returned to the front room to invite the guests to dinner, Dic thanked Mrs. Bays, and said he would go to the tavern.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
The men who used to go to the taverns in town now got their drinks right there of her.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
It was three o'clock in the morning (Kilpatrick says "daylight") when Custer's brigade went into bivouac at Two Taverns.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd

In poetry:

From tavern to tavern
Youth passes along,
With an armful of girl
And a heart full of song.
"Snatch" by Richard Le Gallienne
And how some have chosen wisely,
And how some have acted right:
How the taverns grow more empty,
And the cottages more bright.
"A Song For May" by Ernest Jones
Whole months I'd rather gaily spend
In taverns with a female friend,
Than to my God with Christians pray,
Or in his temple pass a day.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
Who hastes our wold with naught but gold,
Who seeks but food and wine,
The wood-folk wise shall blind his eyes
To the creaking tavern-sign ;
"The Inn Of A Thousand Dreams" by Gilbert Frankau
There is a tavern in yonder town,
My Love goes there and he spends a crown;
He takes a strange girl upon his knee,
And never more gives a thought to me.
"The Girl's Lamentation" by William Allingham
And from a neighbouring tavern surged a song
Of England laughing in the face of war,
With eyes unconquerably proud and strong,
And lips triumphant from her Trafalgar.
"The Phantom Fleet" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

When Bukshot takes the stage at Phoenix Hill Tavern (644 Baxter Ave, 589-4457) on Saturday, Dec 4, he'll celebrate more than the release of his new CD.
New Chicago restaurants, including Harry Caray's Tavern at Navy Pier, run gamut of good taste.
The Winchester looks like any old neighborhood tavern - in a neighborhood going hipster.
Raise a pint to Hawk's Tavern's Brit gastro- pub grub.
Larry Walsh is a neighborhood guy and that's the way he runs his tavern.
Out & About: Whites Tavern.
He was born into a family of small landowners and taverners.
View full size Thomas Ondrey, The Plain Dealer Brianne McLaughlin, a goalie for the US Olympic women's hockey team, autographs a program at a benefit held for her at Creekside Tavern in Avon.
The partners already run XYZ Tavern, ABC Tavern, and Viaduct Lounge -- all also in Cleveland.
Two for Tuesdays at Goldmine Tavern.
Gorst 's Wig Wam Tavern rides again.
A tap at Wig Wam Tavern.
Mike Sweet makes some Texas barbecue chicken outside the Wig Wam Tavern.
No year-end edition of Ohio Tavern News would be complete without a look back at the past year.
There, in the cemetery behind Mount Carmel Presbyterian Church in Steeles Tavern, the Cash family gathered around a new tombstone to remember and celebrate.

In science:

Karpievitch, Y., Stanley, J., Taverner, T., Huang, J., Adkins, J. N., Ansong, C., Heffron, F., Metz, T. O., Qian, W. J., Yoon, H., Smith, R. D., and Dabney, A. R. (2009). A statistical framework for protein quantitation in bottom-up MS-based proteomics.
Analyzing LC-MS/MS data by spectral count and ion abundance: two case studies