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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A room (or separate guesthouse) in a monastery for the temporary accommodation of guests or pilgrims.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A house for the reception of strangers.
  • n. In the Middle Ages, a room in a monastery for the reception and entertainment of strangers and pilgrims, and for the relief of paupers. [Called also Xenodocheion.]


From Latin from Ancient Greek ξενοδοχεῖον (ksenodokheion, "place for strangers, inn") from ξένος (ksenos, "guest, stranger, foreigner") + δέχομαι (dekhomai, "receive, accept") (Wiktionary)



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