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

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the grande dame of the city's hostelries, it has played host to presidents, kings, and Hollywood royalty
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Construction is already underway on several smaller hostelries. Phil Diehl,, "Tourism spending up 10 percent in Oceanside," 25 May 2018 In August the government stopped issuing new licences to restaurants and hostelries, supposedly to fight tax evasion. The Economist, "The fade of the house of Castro," 18 Apr. 2018 Looking down upon the particularly posh stretch of Madison Avenue, the 189-room Surrey underwent a $60 million renovation six years ago—one that transformed a reliable if unexciting hostelry into one of the neighborhood’s most desirable addresses. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Surrey," 20 Oct. 2017 Both the bar and the hotel are theatrical simulacra of a glamorous Art Deco watering hole and hostelry. Guy Trebay, New York Times, "Eric Underwood, the American Star of the Royal Ballet," 13 July 2017

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

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3 Jan 2020

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“Hostelry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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old-fashioned : an inn, pub, or hotel

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