hos·​tel·​ry ˈhä-stᵊl-rē How to pronounce hostelry (audio)
plural hostelries
: inn, hotel

Examples of hostelry in a Sentence

the grande dame of the city's hostelries, it has played host to presidents, kings, and Hollywood royalty
Recent Examples on the Web At the same time here in rural Japan—feudal, hermetic, entirely unique—an era of peace and prosperity was underway in a society as intricate as a mechanical clock, and this remote mountain hostelry was welcoming a daily parade of traveling samurai, scholars, poets and sightseers. Hiroshi Okamoto, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 July 2020 The Oriental Hotel, then the premier hostelry in the city, was not large enough to satisfy their grandiose civic ambitions. Dallas News, 24 May 2022 The 231-room hostelry, which greets its visitors with a proto-modern red brick facade, incorporates everything from Norwegian folklore motifs at the entrance — carved into the stone bas-reliefs — to Scandinavian Art Deco touches within. Kurt Soller J.s. Marcus Monica Mendal Gisela Williams Adam H. Graham Chris Schalkx Michaela Trimble, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2022 The 14th-century Palazzo Minerbetti has been transformed into a chicly elegant hostelry—part of the AG Group—amid the treasures of the city center, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 23 Nov. 2022 The property originally opened in 1926 as an exclusive women's hostelry, and has recently been remodeled. Lea Winkler, Glamour, 25 Oct. 2022 The originality resides in the array of talented artists who’ve been brought in to consult on and contribute to a hostelry that owes almost as much to curation as commercialism. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Over the years, the hostelry grew to more than 110 rooms with a conference center. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 June 2022 These properties permit residents to avail themselves of the same pampering high-end amenities enjoyed by guests of the hostelry. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle English hostelrye, ostelrye, borrowed from Anglo-French hostillerie, from hosteler hosteler + -erie -ery

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hostelry was in the 14th century

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“Hostelry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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hos·​tel·​ry ˈhäs-tᵊl-rē How to pronounce hostelry (audio)
plural hostelries
: inn, hotel
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