hos·​tel·​ry | \ ˈhä-stᵊl-rē How to pronounce hostelry (audio) \
plural hostelries

Definition of hostelry

: inn, hotel

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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 The transformed hostelry’s second-floor accommodations feature cool hues of white and gray, with live-edge headboards and white subway tile. Valerie Stivers, WSJ, "Three Ways to Hibernate in Vermont During Covid," 29 Dec. 2020 Back in Spain, where the hostelry business had been riding high before the pandemic amid robust growth and record tourism numbers, entrepreneurs face similar tough choices on whether or not to resume operations. Jeannette Neumann,, "More Slog Than Snapback Is Outlook for Europe’s Virus Recovery," 10 May 2020 Over the decades, the saloon has taken on various incarnations — a post office, stage depot and a hostelry — morphing to suit the needs of a developing community along a popular emigrant trail. Gregory Thomas,, "Dining at Kirkwood Inn a lesson in California history," 29 Jan. 2020 Naturally, that aesthetic includes big, welcoming fireplaces, the heart of any New England hostelry. Linda Laban, USA TODAY, "Slow cooker: Vermont's old-school Pitcher Inn cooks guest meals at the fireplace," 16 Feb. 2020 Today, some version of Pisco Punch is served in a number of San Francisco hostelries. Gary Kamiya,, "How Pisco Punch, the Holy Grail of San Francisco drinks, was lost and found," 27 Dec. 2019 Consisting of 12 scenes written and staged by seven directors including showrunner Lee Liebeskind, the production conjures incidents that take place in the eponymous hostelry’s Room 109 over the course of a year. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Everything but the continental breakfast at ‘Crystal Creek Motel’," 16 Oct. 2019 Michael Willson, a spokesman for the Zachary, said the hostelry began operations on opening day 2018 and has been popular with baseball fans, business travelers and vacationers. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chicago's Hotel Zachary honors the forgotten architect who designed Wrigley Field," 9 Aug. 2019 In light of the city’s new broader appeal, local hostelry has upped its game considerably. Andrew Ferren, WSJ, "Italy’s Hottest New Destination? Yes, Milan," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of hostelry

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hostelry

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

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“Hostelry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hostelry

old-fashioned : an inn, pub, or hotel

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