[ hos-tl ]
/ ˈhɒs tl /


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.


Origin of hostel

1200–50; Middle English (h)ostel < Old French < Late Latin hospitāle guest room. See hospital

Can be confused

hostel hostile (see synonym study at hostile)hostel hotel motel (see synonym study at hotel) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hostel


/ (ˈhɒstəl) /


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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