home·​stay | \ ˈhōm-ˌstā How to pronounce homestay (audio) \

Definition of homestay

: a stay at a residence by a traveler and especially by a visiting foreign student who is hosted by a local family

Examples of homestay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of the guests will enjoy homestays with Twin Cities hosts, then continue their friendship via Facebook, SKYPE, and future visits. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letter: It’s St. Paul’s 64th anniversary as a sister city to Nagasaki," 7 Dec. 2019 Alishan's greater Chiayi County is especially known for its homestays—many that are surrounded by tea fields and offer tastings, not to mention plenty of fireflies in the evenings. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "How to Tea-Taste Your Way Through Taiwan," 26 Nov. 2019 Of Airbnb's more than 7 million homestays scattered across the world, which West Coast city rose to the top as a destination more people want to visit in 2020? oregonlive, "Bend ranks 4th in U.S. as a vacation rental hot spot. Here are 10 getaways, from funky to fancy," 14 Nov. 2019 Inspired by the heritage homestays of Rajasthan, Palchowdhury decided to open up the property for discerning travellers, and has been spending significant time and money on keeping it in grand shape. Chandrima Pal, Quartz India, "How a group of investors are preserving Kolkata’s architectural legacy," 12 June 2019 Experience destinations less like tourists and more like locals by staying in apartments and homes instead of hotels, or, arranging homestays with locals for more adventurous families. National Geographic, "Culture club," 17 June 2019 Ranadhir Palchowdhury, a third-generation entrepreneur, owns the Maheshganj Estate, a heritage homestay in the historic district of Nadia, a few hours away from the city. Chandrima Pal, Quartz India, "How a group of investors are preserving Kolkata’s architectural legacy," 12 June 2019 Our trip began in Phong Nha, a small town on the Son River surrounded by jagged ranges and populated by low-slung hotels and homestays run by locals capitalizing on the growing tourism. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "A Blow-Your-Mind Adventure in Vietnam’s Caves," 13 Nov. 2018 By age 10, Nate and Ben were doing solo homestays in Latin America to learn Spanish. Pam Kragen,, "Father, sons finish canoe trip 43 years later," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of homestay

1952, in the meaning defined above

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24 Dec 2019

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“Homestay.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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