hostel

noun
hos·​tel | \ ˈhä-stᵊl How to pronounce hostel (audio) \

Definition of hostel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : inn
2 : an inexpensive lodging facility for usually young travelers that typically has dormitory-style sleeping arrangements and sometimes offers meals and planned activities

called also youth hostel

3 chiefly British : a supervised institutional residence or shelter (as for homeless people)

hostel

verb
hosteled or hostelled; hosteling or hostelling

Definition of hostel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to stay at hostels overnight in the course of traveling

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Examples of hostel in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Aspiring keepers can stay overnight in hostels, bed-and-breakfasts and campgrounds. Erin Williams, Washington Post, "Beacons of possibility: Light stations offer accommodations to travelers across the country," 23 Aug. 2019 No type of hotel taps a community like a hostel, and two new-breed brands have defined this sector beyond the fusty backpackers anyone who Eurailed through Europe in the 1990s will remember. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Hotels in the U.S. Are Better Than Ever," 23 Aug. 2019 Encourage hotels and hostels of different sizes and in different neighborhoods. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’," 28 July 2019 Enjoy the lull of tourists by booking into one of our favorite hotels—like a private room at the Generator hostel for the budget-conscious or a suite at the Merrion, home to the only two-star Michelin restaurants in the country. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Aer Lingus’s Fare Sale Has $375 Roundtrip Cheap Flights to Dublin," 6 Sep. 2019 The hostel’s history and stark beauty have drawn me three times. Erin Williams, Twin Cities, "Beacons of possibility: Light stations offer accommodations to travelers across the country," 1 Sep. 2019 Kamway, which is located near LaGuardia Airport and just a few blocks away from Zamperoni’s Flushing residence, is listed as a hostel on TripAdvisor and offers single room bookings for as low as $36 per night. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Prostitute Arrested in Connection with Death of New York City Restaurant Head Chef," 26 Aug. 2019 The hostel also posts the 10 Principles of Burning Man just inside the front door. Jay Jones, Los Angeles Times, "In Reno, Burning Man’s vibe burns bright all year long," 1 Aug. 2019 The hostel is opening over a month later than intended. Alexa Buechler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cream City Hostel getting ready to open in Riverwest," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That’s when the first upscale hostels appeared, determinedly different from those hosteling clichés. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Hostels Became Poshtels: The Remaking of a Backpacker's Hangout," 12 Sep. 2018 Of course, hosteling originated as a way for young backpackers to sleep safely and comfortably without the expense of a hotel. Rick Steves, miamiherald, "Think you're too old for hostels? If you're alive, you're young enough to hostel | Miami Herald," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of hostel

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hostel

Noun

Middle English, "lodging, accommodation, inn, dwelling place," borrowed from Anglo-French ostel, hostel, going back to Latin hospitāle "guest accommodation" (in plural hospitālia) — more at hospital

Note: Latin hospitāle as a noun is very sparsely attested in texts before the later Middle Ages, though the phonetic development to ostel and its semantic diversification show that it must have been well-established in Gallo-Romance at an early date.

Verb

derivative of hostel entry 1

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hostel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hostel

: an inexpensive place for usually young travelers to stay overnight
British : a shelter for homeless people

hostel

noun
hos·​tel | \ ˈhä-stᵊl How to pronounce hostel (audio) \

Kids Definition of hostel

: a place providing inexpensive lodging usually for young travelers

hostel

noun
hos·​tel | \ ˈhäs-tᵊl How to pronounce hostel (audio) \

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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