Definitions

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

  • n. An inn; a hotel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an inn that provides overnight accommodation for travellers (and, originally, their horses)
  • n. the art and skill of guest management at a commercial facility such as a hotel, inn, motel, bed and breakfast, or hostel; the hostelry trade, a degree in hostelry and tourism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inn; a lodging house.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An inn; a lodging-house.

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

  • n. a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers

Etymologies

Middle English hostelrie, from Old French hostelerie, from hostel, lodging, inn; see hostel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
hostel +‎ -ry (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • WHERE TO STAYThe latest addition to Morelia hostelry is also the only bed-and-breakfast in town:

    Mexico's Morelia - More Than Meets The Eye

  • A landmark court ruling this week ordered the Bulls to pay £3,600 to civil partners Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall because the Christian owners' policy was not to allow unmarried couples to share double rooms at their hostelry, which is also their home.

    This week: Peter and Hazelmary Bull, Brian Cowen, Piers Morgan

  • Another hostelry was the Ridge Hill tavern, situated at the Ridges, three miles from the village, on the Great Road to Boston.

    The Bay State Monthly — Volume 1, No. 1, January, 1884

  • If a Frenchman were to label his hostelry an inn or a public house

    The New Jerusalem

  • But a scant two blocks away from the Brevoort stands another hostelry which is indissolubly a part of New York's growth -- especially the growth of her Artist's Colony.

    Greenwich Village

  • Archbishop Sancroft, at Fressingfield, caused a comfortable cottage to be built for the parish clerk, and also a kind of hostelry for the shelter and accommodation of persons who came from a distant part of that large scattered parish to attend the church, so that they might bring their cold provisions there, and take their luncheon in the interval between the morning and the afternoon service.

    The Parish Clerk

  • These took them, not into the castle, but to a kind of hostelry at its back, where they were furnished with food and slept the night.

    The Brethren

  • From this "hostelry" (as the local journal preferred to call it when it did not call it a "caravanserai") to the schoolhouse the distance by the wagon road was about a mile and a half; but there was a trail, very little used, which led over an intervening range of low, heavily wooded hills, considerably shortening the distance.

    The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce — Volume 2: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

  • This sort of treatment easily led me to believe that I was not in any kind of hostelry; but where was I?

    The memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • "You persist, in a rude and boorish manner, in interrupting my conversation with the other guests in this hostelry."

    Chapter 14

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