Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A supervised, inexpensive lodging place for travelers, especially young travelers.
  • n. An inn; a hotel.
  • intransitive v. To stay at hostels while traveling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A commercial overnight lodging place, with dormitory accommodation and shared facilities, especially a youth hostel
  • n. A temporary refuge for the homeless providing a bed and sometimes food
  • n. A small, unendowed college in Oxford or Cambridge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inn.
  • n. A small, unendowed college in Oxford or Cambridge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To harbor; shelter.
  • To take lodging; lodge; put up.
  • n. A house of entertainment; an inn.
  • n. In English universities, a house for students which does not share like a college in the government of the university. There are still several hostels in Cambridge.
  • n. Lodging.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. inexpensive supervised lodging (especially for youths on bicycling trips)
  • n. a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, lodging, from Old French, from Medieval Latin hospitāle, hospice, inn; see hospital.

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Middle English, from Old English reinforced by Old French (h)ostel, from Late Latin hospitale ("hospice"), from Classical Latin hospitalis ("hospitable") itself from hospes ("host") + -alis ("-al").

Examples

  • Forming the heart of this Sydney village is the While the term hostel might at one time have connoted a grungy and / or antiseptic (albeit cheap) accommodation in an inconvenient part of town, thanks to a number of overnight-stay innovators the hostel is no longer something at which travelers can scoff.

    Gridskipper

  • These kinds of large dormitory establishments with common showers and toilets still serve many younger travelers, however, the term hostel now also refers to more traditional hotel-like properties whose rooms have been reconfigured to hold four beds (two sets of bunk beds) that are rented out individually.

    tripso.com

  • When the Gujarati TTS voice spoke for the first time, it was 3 AM, but I did a little dance in hostel My laptop gave me a lot of problems over the last few days, including a hard disk crash 3 days before the project submission.

    Graduated! « Sunayana’s Blog

  • The hostel is built like any house, subjected to the same demands on climate control and isolation.

    Boing Boing

  • Tiffin-the meal - was my very favorite of the 4 meals served in hostel here, served at 4 pm.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • “I attend pujas in hostel when I have to .. when there is free food”

    Coming out « Sunayana’s Blog

  • I attend pujas in hostel when I have to, or when there is free food.

    Coming out « Sunayana’s Blog

  • Our hostel is surrounded by shopping malls and gas stations.

    Johannesburg

  • The word hostel and other similar words have the same roots as hospital.

    Part 11: El Camino de Santiago

  • All that said the hostel is very clean, staff very friendly and there is a good range of facilities in the hostel.

    KGB Hotel

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