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Syllabification: hos·tel
Pronunciation: /ˈhästl

Definition of hostel in English:


1An establishment that provides inexpensive food and lodging for a specific group of people, such as students, workers, or travelers.
Example sentences
  • 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;
shelter, refuge, asylum
1.1 short for youth hostel.
Example sentences
  • 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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