Definition of Hostel

1. Noun. A hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers.

Exact synonyms: Auberge, Hostelry, Inn, Lodge
Specialized synonyms: Caravan Inn, Caravansary, Caravanserai, Khan, Imaret, Post House, Posthouse, Roadhouse
Generic synonyms: Hotel
Derivative terms: Lodge

2. Noun. Inexpensive supervised lodging (especially for youths on bicycling trips).

Definition of Hostel

1. n. An inn.

Definition of Hostel

1. Noun. A budget-oriented overnight lodging place, with dormitory accommodation and shared facilities, especially a youth hostel ¹

2. Noun. (context: not US) A temporary refuge for the homeless providing a bed and sometimes food ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) A small, unendowed college in Oxford or Cambridge. ¹

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Definition of Hostel

1. to stay at inns overnight while traveling [v -TELED, -TELING, -TELS or -TELLED, -TELLING, -TELS]

Medical Definition of Hostel

1. 1. An inn. "So pass I hostel, hall, and grange." (Tennyson) 2. A small, unendowed college in Oxford or Cambridge. Origin: OE. Hostel, ostel, OF. Hostel, ostel, LL. Hospitale, hospitalis, fr. L. Hospitalis. See Hospital, and cf. Hotel. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hostel

host range
host range mutant
host response
host restriction-modification
host versus graft reaction
host vs graft reaction
hostage negotiator
hostage negotiators
hostel (current term)
hostess trolley

Literary usage of Hostel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"There is always a fair percentage of Catholics who hold college scholarships, gained in open competition, lege, the hostel founded in 1882 in memory of a ..."

2. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"(F.-L.) Orig. the innkeeper himself, and so named -from his hostel (above). ... F. hotel, the same as OF hostel; see hostel. Hottentot, a native of the Cape ..."

3. Commissioner Kerr, an Individuality by George Pitt-Lewis (1903)
"been put out of the said hostel by the Principal or those of his council. And if any one do this he shall pay to the use out of th "iic«tei of the Company ..."

4. Original Letters, Illustrative of English History: Including Numerous Royal by Henry Ellis (1827)
"Thomas hostel to King Henry the Sixth, for alms. [Ms. DONAT. BRIT. Mus. 4603. art, 100. ... Of THOMAS hostel it is probable no other memorial now exists. ..."

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