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

Queensgate’s acquisition increases its lodging presence in the U.S. at a time when many operators in the fast-growing hostel industry are trying to shed their bare-bones past. Craig Karmin, WSJ, "Ron Burkle and Sydell Group Sell Youth Hostel Brand for $400 Million," 12 July 2019 Four other families share the hostel, all in similar states of instability. The Economist, "Myanmar’s countryside is emptying and its cities bursting," 11 July 2019 Yosemite Bug has something for almost everyone, from hostel dorm rooms and tent cabins to funky-cool, one-of-a-kind hotel rooms. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Hotels near Yosemite that won't blow your budget," 30 June 2019 Staff members at the Housing Commission said the owners’ plan is to open a hostel/hotel that would offer low-cost lodging. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawsuit argues Plaza Hotel owners must replace lost rooms," 6 June 2019 The hostel where Peter and Dr. Wagner stay is named for the eighteenth-century German philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Walter Kempowski’s Epic Novel of Germany in Collapse," 21 Mar. 2016 Staying in an Airbnb, hostel or bed and breakfast is a major way to properly immerse yourself in a new place. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'The Amazing Race' cast and crew share summer travel tips: Put down your phone, push yourself," 26 June 2019 The Affordable Housing Coalition of San Diego County is suing the City of San Diego and the Housing Commission to require owners of the Plaza Hotel to provide new rooms for every one lost when the SRO is converted to a hostel and hotel. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawsuit argues Plaza Hotel owners must replace lost rooms," 6 June 2019 Long-duration travel has historically been the purview of backpackers roaming the hostel circuit, or a class of moneyed jet-setter with no apparent need for a regular paycheck. Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, "How to Work Remotely—In an Exotic New City Each Month," 29 Aug. 2018

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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