Also called youth hostel. an inexpensive, supervised lodging place for young people on bicycle trips, hikes, etc.
(formerly) a residence for the exclusive use of boarding Indigenous students, separate from but close to any of a series of day schools in northern Canada that were operated or funded by the federal government and were themselves open to students of any ethnicity.: See also residential school (def. 2).
British. a student residence at a university or boarding school.
to travel, lodging each night at a hostel.
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How to use hostel in a sentence
She traveled in local buses, stayed in hostels and cheap hotels.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth | Christopher Dickey | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Many of the people who come here spend their nights in dedicated shelters and homeless hostels across the city.
She remembers staying in youth hostels and private homes rather than in high-rise hotels.
There are four large hostels in London for the accommodation of officers, and one for officer-cadets.The Romance of the Red Triangle | Arthur Keysall Yapp
For the convenience of pupils who cannot attend school while living at home hostels are attached to many middle and high schools.The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir | Sir James McCrone Douie
I do not want to see the home superseded by State barracks or common hostels or district boarding schools.The Law and the Poor | Edward Abbott Parry
Hostels were gradually started for scholars in the university town.Our English Towns and Villages | H. R. Wilton Hall
In slightly more grammatical language, it could be well applied to these hostels.The Land of the Black Mountain | Reginald Wyon
British Dictionary definitions for hostel
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