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
in the old days, a traveler could spend the night at one of the hostels placed along the coach route
Recent Examples of hostel from the Web
After less than an hour, Jennairo showed up at my hostel and drove me, a phlegmy tourist, to his apartment at least 20 minutes outside of downtown.
The Freehand This mash-up hostel/hotel serves fresh-as-all-get-out Israeli dishes at the Exchange, the in-house restaurant from chef Alex Chang (formerly of Animal).
In Old Havana’s tourist quarter, entire city blocks of crumbling century-old buildings are being renovated and turned into boutique hostels and chic cafes.
One day, Mustafa's mom found Coleman in the grocery store across the street from the hostel.
Soon afterward, a hostel employee came up and told them to evacuate.
The boat became a hostel in 1947, managed by the Swedish Tourist Association.
For a second, my future brimmed with Michael: his records, his quiet demeanor but abrasive sense of humor, his shamelessness in recounting the time he was struck with food poisoning at a hostel in San Francisco.
Most hostels offer a handful of private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
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Origin and Etymology of hostel
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin hospitale hospice
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of hostel
: to stay at hostels overnight in the course of traveling
First Known Use of hostel
HOSTEL Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of hostel for Students
: a place providing inexpensive lodging usually for young travelers
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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