AskDefine | Define tavern

Dictionary Definition

tavern n : a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks [syn: tap house]

User Contributed Dictionary



From taverne ‘wine shop’, from taberna ‘inn’.



  1. a building containing a bar licensed to sell alcoholic drinks; an inn
  2. parlour


Extensive Definition

A tavern is, loosely, a place of business where people gather to drink alcoholic beverages and, more than likely, also be served food, though not licenced to put up guests. The word derives from the Latin taberna and the Greek ταβέρνα/taverna, whose original meaning was a shed or workshop. The distinction of a tavern from an inn, bar or pub varies by location, in some places being identical and in others being distinguished by traditions or by legal license.
By the 19th century the word tavern had developed an archaic flavour in Britain, the current term being public house (pub), though they remain a popular convention in fantasy tales and games. However, the term is still sometimes used in North America.
tavern in German: Kneipe
tavern in French: Taverne (établissement)
tavern in Polish: Tawerna
tavern in Portuguese: Taberna
tavern in Russian: Таверна
tavern in Simple English: Tavern
tavern in Ukrainian: Кнайпа

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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