(Anglo-Saxon). Chamber; originally applied to a mansion, like
the French hotel. Hence Clifford's Inn, once the mansion of De
Clifford; Lincoln's Inn, the mansion of the Earls of Lincoln; Gray's
Inn, that of the Lords Gray, etc.
Now, whenas Phoebus, with his fiery waine.
Unto his inne began to draw a pace.
Spenser: Faërie Queene, vi. 3.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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