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inn

An inn is a place to stay while you're on vacation or on the road. Inns are usually smaller and more charming than hotels, but they serve the same purpose: to give you a place to rest your weary head as you travel.

Some inns are more charming versions of hotels, while others use the word inn simply to make them sound more appealing than a motel. The original meaning of inn was "lodging and food for travelers," although today some inns don't have a restaurant or bar attached. If you own or manage an inn, you're an "innkeeper." Inn comes from the Old English inne, "inside or within."

Definitions of inn
  1. noun
    a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers
    synonyms: auberge, hostel, hostelry, lodge
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    caravan inn, caravansary, caravanserai, khan
    an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans
    imaret
    a hostel for pilgrims in Turkey
    post house, posthouse
    an inn for exchanging post horses and accommodating riders
    roadhouse
    an inn (usually outside city limits on a main road) providing meals and liquor and dancing and (sometimes) gambling
    type of:
    hotel
    a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services
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