Word Origin See more synonyms for hostel on Thesaurus.com 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
Late Latin hospitāle
guest room. See
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British Dictionary definitions for hostelling the practice of staying at youth hostels when travelling a building providing overnight accommodation, as for the homeless, etc See youth hostel British a supervised lodging house for nurses, workers, etc archaic another word for hostelry Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Medieval Latin
hospitāle hospice; see hospital
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Word Origin and History for hostelling hostel n.
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.
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