- 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
Related Words for hostellingreside, abide, perch, house, accommodate, rent, hostel, squat, bunk, domicile, canton, station, board, dwell, locate, crash, shelter, park, nest, stop
- the practice of staying at youth hostels when travelling
Word Origin for hostel
Word Origin and History for hostelling
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.