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

Middle English, lodging, from Old French, from Medieval Latin hospitāle, hospice, inn; see hospital.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

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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