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hostel

[hos-tl] /ˈhɒs 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
1200-1250
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)
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British Dictionary definitions for hostelling

hostelling

/ˈhɒstəlɪŋ/
noun
1.
the practice of staying at youth hostels when travelling

hostel

/ˈhɒstəl/
noun
1.
a building providing overnight accommodation, as for the homeless, etc
2.
3.
(Brit) a supervised lodging house for nurses, workers, etc
4.
(archaic) another word for hostelry
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Medieval Latin hospitāle hospice; see hospital
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Word Origin and History for hostelling
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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