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 By 1914, the town had a population of a few hundred people, a post office, a grocery store, a cafe, a general store, a hostel, dairy businesses and had become a voting precinct and judicial district. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Oct. 2021 Tamil Nadu factory arranged a hostel for young women employees. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 13 Sep. 2021 Afghan guerrillas have defeated a superpower and made their country an inviting hostel for a new generation of aspiring terrorists. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 Hostelling International offers another lighthouse hostel stay 30 miles up the coast near Half Moon Bay. Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 After all, with the delta variant popping off, your priority is protecting your kids, not providing a pop-up hostel for your party-hearty mother-in-law. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Aug. 2021 For one week, the pair did maintenance work at a hostel in Peru and helped local schoolchildren learn English. Ken Budd, Travel + Leisure, 15 July 2021 The group were attempting to make the explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) in a homemade laboratory in a hostel, police said. NBC News, 1 July 2021 Its history will be commemorated in the new hostel, perhaps by a display in the cafe. New York Times, 11 May 2021 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, 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, 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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The first known use of hostel was in the 14th century

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3 Oct 2021

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“Hostel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hostel. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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hostel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hostel

: an inexpensive place for usually young travelers to stay overnight
: 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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