noun hos·tel \ˈhäs-təl\

: an inexpensive place for usually young travelers to stay overnight

: a shelter for homeless people

Full Definition of HOSTEL

:  inn
a chiefly British :  a supervised institutional residence
b :  a supervised lodging for usually young travelers —called also youth hostel

Examples of HOSTEL

  1. <in the old days, a traveler could spend the night at one of the hostels placed along the coach route>

Origin of HOSTEL

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin hospitale hospice
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

Rhymes with HOSTEL


hosteled or hostelledhostel·ing or hostel·ling

Definition of HOSTEL

intransitive verb
:  to stay at hostels overnight in the course of traveling

First Known Use of HOSTEL

14th century
HOSTELING Defined for Kids


noun hos·tel \ˈhä-stəl\

Definition of HOSTEL for Kids

:  a place providing inexpensive lodging usually for young travelers
Medical Dictionary


noun hos·tel \ˈhäs-təl\

Medical Definition of HOSTEL

chiefly British :  housing maintained by a public or private organization or institution; especially :  a rest home or rehabilitation center for the chronically ill, the aged, or the physically disabled


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