Definition of hostel in English:


Syllabification: hos·tel
Pronunciation: /ˈhästl


  • 1An establishment that provides inexpensive food and lodging for a specific group of people, such as students, workers, or travelers.
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    • Volunteers from the shop also give talks in local hostels and provide cheap clothing to them.
    • If you're traveling solo, a hostel can be cheaper than a hotel.
    • The hostels for Gujjar students established during the tenure of Sheikh Abdullah in the late 1970s are far from adequate to meet the rising demand.
    cheap hotel, bed and breakfast, B&B, inn, boarding house, guest house, dormitory, residence, lodging, accommodations; YMCA, YWCA; shelter, refuge, asylum
  • 1.1 short for youth hostel.
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    • We stayed at this little town called Port Campbell in a YHA hostel that provided backpackers' accommodation for 18 dollars a night.
    • The hostel provides free luggage storage, so I won't be burdened with a pack that's larger than my torso.
    • The YMCA continues to provide social, sporting, and recreational activities, as well as hostel accommodation.
  • 1.2 archaic An inn providing accommodations.


Middle English (in the general sense 'lodging, place to stay'): from Old French, from medieval Latin hospitale (see hospital).

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