[hos-tl] /ˈhɒs tl/
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
Can be confused
hostel, hostile (see synonym study at hostile)
hostel, hotel, motel (see synonym study at hotel)
Example Sentences for hostel
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.
We shivered ourselves warm again in the summer sun before hiking back up the mountainside to the hostel.
If a virus enters my body, in it's defense, my body will create a hostel environment by increasing my the body's temperature.
The island's hostel, run by park rangers, has almost luxury accommodations.
One way to take the edge off the cost is to book a room at a hostel or budget hotel.
The hostel is open all day and offers late check-out for guests' convenience.
Even if a hostel offers laundry facilities, they may not work well or there might be a long wait.
British Dictionary definitions for hostel
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 and History for hostel
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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