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hostel

noun hos·tel \ ˈhä-stᵊl \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of hostel

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)

Examples of hostel in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of hostel

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin hospitale hospice


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hostel

verb

Definition of hostel

hosteled or hostelled; hosteling or hostelling
: to stay at hostels overnight in the course of traveling

First Known Use of hostel

14th century

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HOSTEL Defined for English Language Learners

hostel

Definition of hostel for English Language Learners

  • : an inexpensive place for usually young travelers to stay overnight

  • : a shelter for homeless people


HOSTEL Defined for Kids

hostel

noun hos·tel \ ˈhä-stᵊl \

Definition of hostel for Students

: a place providing inexpensive lodging usually for young travelers

Medical Dictionary

hostel

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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