Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    One in the business of entertaining travelers and passengers, and providing lodging, and necessaries for them and their attendants. See 9 B. Mon. (Ky.) 72, 48 Am. Dec. 416, and note.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    On who keeps an inn or house for the lodging and entertainment of travelers. The keeper of a common inn for the lodging and entertainment of travelers and passengers, their horses and attendants, for a reasonable compensation. Story, Bailm. ยง 475. One who keeps a tavern or coffeehouse in which lodging is provided. 2 Steph. Comm. 133. See Inn. One who receives as guests all who choose to visit his house, without any previous agreement as to the time of their stay or the terms. His liability as innkeeper ceases when his guest pays his bill, and leaves the house with the declared intention of not returning, notwithstanding the guest leaves his baggage behind him. Wintennute v. Clark, 5 Sandf. (N. Y.) 242.