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[hos-tl-ree] /ˈhɒs tl ri/
noun, plural hostelries.
an inn or hotel.
Origin of hostelry
1350-1400; Middle English hostelrye, variant of hostelerie < Middle French. See hostel, -ry Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hostelry
  • Clients from the arts, media, and even the political or business world are drawn to this unusual hostelry.
  • He must be a clever host that would take the devil into his hostelry.
  • He opened a general trading store which soon prospered into a stagecoach stop, a post office, a hostelry and a dairy farm.
British Dictionary definitions for hostelry


noun (pl) -ries
(archaic or facetious) an inn
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Word Origin and History for hostelry

late 14c. (as a surname from early 14c.), from Old French hostelerie "house, guest-house; kitchen; hospice, almshouse" (12c., Modern French hôtellerie), from hostel (see host). Lost, then revived 19c.

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