hosteling

hostel

[hos-tl]
noun
1.
Also called youth hostel. an inexpensive, supervised lodging place for young people on bicycle trips, hikes, etc.
2.
British. a residence hall at a university.
3.
an inn.
verb (used without object), hosteled, hosteling or (especially British) hostelled, hostelling.
4.
to travel, lodging each night at a hostel.

Origin:
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).
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hostel (ˈhɒstəl)
 
n
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]

hostelling or (US) hosteling (ˈhɒstəlɪŋ)
 
n
the practice of staying at youth hostels when travelling
 
hosteling or (US) hosteling
 
n

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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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