- 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.
- to travel, lodging each night at a hostel.
Origin of hostel
Examples from the Web for hostel
But, still, week after week, Addison lived in a Dili hostel waiting for the rusty wheels of Timorese justice to set her free.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth
October 30, 2014
They drove through France before settling in Spain, where they rented rooms in a hostel in Malaga.Desperate Parents Arrested After Fleeing Britain For Other Treatment Options for Son in Europe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 2, 2014
This is a new kind of hostel for a new generation of traveller.Not Your Typical Miami Pool Party
July 10, 2014
On the other hand, I suspect that hostel also forbade alcohol and cigarettes too, right?Live Chat: Let's Talk About Drugs
January 11, 2013
We sat in the kitchen of the North London hostel for delinquents where she lives, on probation, an electronic tag around her leg.A Tinderbox Waiting for a Match
August 11, 2011
Two furlongs hence, and we shall be safe in the hostel at Dogmersfield.
Thus leaning on his uncle, he was escorted back to the hostel.
"Sherry, sir—certainly," said their host, turning to his hostel.The Wisdom of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
If you find neatness at an hostel, it is kept by old-country people.Canada and the Canadians
Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle
Not that David had any reason for clinging to so squalid a hostel.Ghetto Comedies
Word Origin and History for hostel
early 13c., from Old French hostel "inn, lodgings, shelter" (11c., Modern French hôtel), from Medieval Latin hospitale "inn, large house" (see hospital). Obsolete after 16c., revived 1808, along with hostelry (Middle English hostelrie) by Sir Walter Scott. The sense in youth hostel is recorded by 1931.