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  1. Also called youth hostel. an inexpensive, supervised lodging place for young people on bicycle trips, hikes, etc.

  2. (formerly) a residence for the exclusive use of boarding Indigenous students, separate from but close to any of a series of day schools in northern Canada that were operated or funded by the federal government and were themselves open to students of any ethnicity.: See also residential school (def. 2).

  1. British. a student residence at a university or boarding school.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English (h)ostel, from Old French, from Late Latin hospitāle “guest room”; see hospital

Words that may be confused with hostel

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How to use hostel in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hostel


/ (ˈhɒstəl) /

  1. a building providing overnight accommodation, as for the homeless, etc

  1. British a supervised lodging house for nurses, workers, etc

  2. archaic another word for hostelry

Origin of hostel

C13: from Old French, from Medieval Latin hospitāle hospice; see hospital

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