hostel

[ hos-tl ]
/ ˈhɒs tl /

noun

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.

verb (used without object), hos·teled, hos·tel·ing or (especially British) hos·telled, hos·tel·ling.

to travel, lodging each night at a hostel.

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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

1. hostel , hostile; 2. hostel , hotel, motel.
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British Dictionary definitions for hostel

hostel
/ (ˈhɒstəl) /

noun

a building providing overnight accommodation, as for the homeless, etc
British a supervised lodging house for nurses, workers, etc
archaic another word for hostelry

Word Origin for hostel

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