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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tavern mean? 

TAVERN (noun)
  The noun TAVERN has 1 sense:

1. a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks

  Familiarity information: TAVERN used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

TAVERN (noun)

Sense 1tavern [BACK TO TOP]


A building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


tap house; tavern

Hypernyms ("tavern" is a kind of...):

building; edifice (a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tavern"):

beer garden (tavern with an outdoor area (usually resembling a garden) where beer and other alcoholic drinks are served)

bucket shop ((formerly) a cheap saloon selling liquor by the bucket)

gin mill; pothouse; pub; public house; saloon; taphouse (tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals)

rathskeller (a tavern below street level featuring beer; originally a German restaurant in the basement of city hall)

shebeen (unlicensed drinking establishment)

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