American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
There appear to be three descriptions of these buildings in the East. Some are simply places of rest, (by the side of a fountain, if possible,) which, being at proper distances on the road, are thus named, though they are mere naked walls; others have an attendant, who subsists either by some charitable donation, or the benevolence of passengers; and others are more considerable establishments, where families reside to take care of them, and furnish many necessary provisions.
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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Inns'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/i/inns.html. 1859.