verb (used without object), hos·teled, hos·tel·ing or (especially British) hos·telled, hos·tel·ling.
Origin of hostel
British Dictionary definitions for hostelling (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for hostelling (2 of 2)
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.