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[hos-tl]
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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), hos·teled, hos·tel·ing or (especially British) hos·telled, hos·tel·ling.
  1. to travel, lodging each night at a hostel.

Origin of hostel

1200–50; Middle English (h)ostel < Old French < Late Latin hospitāle guest room. See hospital
Can be confusedhostel hostile (see synonym study at hostile)hostel hotel motel (see synonym study at hotel)
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hostel

noun
  1. a building providing overnight accommodation, as for the homeless, etc
  2. See youth hostel
  3. British 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 hostel

n.

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.

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