1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Tavern

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TAVERN, the old name for an inn, a public house where liquor is sold and food is supplied to travellers. It is, however, now usually applied to a small ale-house where liquor only is supplied. The word comes through Fr. from Lat. taberna, a booth, shop, inn. It is usually connected with the root seen in “tabula,” board, whence Eng. “table;” and thus meant originally a hut or booth made of planks or boards of wood.