[ hos-tl-ree ]
/ ˈhɒs tl ri /

noun, plural hos·tel·ries.

an inn or hotel.


Origin of hostelry

1350–1400; Middle English hostelrye, variant of hostelerie < Middle French. See hostel, -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hostelry


/ (ˈhɒstəlrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

archaic, or facetious an inn
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Word Origin and History for hostelry



late 14c. (as a surname from early 14c.), from Old French hostelerie "house, guest-house; kitchen; hospice, almshouse" (12c., Modern French hôtellerie), from hostel (see host). Lost, then revived 19c.

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