Also called youth hostel. an inexpensive, supervised lodging place for young people on bicycle trips, hikes, etc.
British. a residence hall at a university.
an inn.
verb (used without object), hosteled, hosteling or (especially British) hostelled, hostelling.
to travel, lodging each night at a hostel.

1200–50; Middle English (h)ostel < Old French < Late Latin hospitāle guest room. See hospital

1. hostel, hostile (see synonym study at hostile) ; 2. hostel, hotel, motel (see synonym study at hotel). Unabridged
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hostel (ˈhɒstəl)
1.  a building providing overnight accommodation, as for the homeless, etc
2.  See youth hostel
3.  (Brit) a supervised lodging house for nurses, workers, etc
4.  archaic another word for hostelry
[C13: from Old French, from Medieval Latin hospitāle hospice; see hospital]

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Word Origin & History

1232, from O.Fr. hostel (Fr. hôtel), from M.L. hospitale "inn, large house" (see hospital). Obsolete after 16c., revived 1808, along with hostelry (M.E. hostelrie) by Sir Walter Scott.
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Example sentences
There's a bargain-priced boutique hostel in the district.
To make money, he opened the town's first hostel by converting one of the rooms into a six-bed dormitory.
Instead of the usual offers of hostel places, they were simply asked what they needed to change their lives.
The cafe also runs a hiker-friendly hostel two blocks away.
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