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

Hundreds of tourists and workers were still trying to get off three outlying resort islands where power was cut off and hotels and hostels were damaged. Todd Pitman, The Seattle Times, "Man saved from quake-flattened mosque on Indonesia island," 7 Aug. 2018 Hundreds of tourists and workers were still struggling to get off three outlying resort islands where power was cut off and hotels and hostels were damaged. Andi Jatmiko And Niniek Karmini, Fox News, "Man saved from quake-flattened mosque on Indonesia island," 7 Aug. 2018 With more thoughtful design (and better mattresses) than a hostel, but a lower price point and increased giggly sleep-away vibe than a typical hotel room, the option appeals to an out-and-about traveler that has never wanted or needed a suite. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Who’s Sleeping in All These Hotel Bunk Beds?," 28 Mar. 2019 Four mobile cranes propped up the perilously tilting Yun Men Tsui Ti complex — home to apartments, a restaurant, shops and a hostel. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Taiwan earthquake survivors recall tales of escape: '4th floor became the 1st floor'," 7 Feb. 2018 By Enrico Pellegrini Other Press, 307 pages, $15.95 Enter Antoine, a depressed young unemployed professor and militant ecologist who lives in a workers’ hostel. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Little Culinary Triumphs’ and ‘Something Great and Beautiful’ Review: Staff of Life, Stuff of Farce," 14 Dec. 2018 With police stations and juvenile facilities overflowing in Cadiz, Spain’s southernmost province, authorities are setting up makeshift housing in sports facilities, rented hostels or even ferry terminals. Washington Post, "Spain feels the heat as migrants shift route into Europe," 29 June 2018 Will and Kate made appearances at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre and a local hostel for homeless youth. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Recycles a Blue Coat-Dress for an Outing in South Yorkshire," 14 Nov. 2018 The hostel is expected to start taking in travelers by the end of the year. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: Where to eat fish fry, a hostel in Milwaukee and a crazy Miley Cyrus fan," 14 Feb. 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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