Also called youth hostel. an inexpensive, supervised lodging place for young people on bicycle trips, hikes, etc.
British. a residence hall at a university.
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
< Old French
< Late Latin hospitāle
guest room. See hospital
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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
British a supervised lodging house for nurses, workers, etc
Word Origin for hostel
C13: from Old French, from Medieval Latin hospitāle hospice; see hospital
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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.
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