Definition of hostelry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhäst(ə)lrē/

noun (plural hostelries)

archaic or humorous
An inn.
Example sentences
  • For some twenty-seven years now this bottle has adorned the counter in Curley's Public House and has been filled with loose change and other donations from patrons and staff of the popular Clare Street hostelry.
  • This Saturday night, the Thirteenth Park Hotel Supreme Sports Star Award will be decided at a Gala Banquet in the famed Dungarvan hostelry in front of an expected crowd of three hundred and fifty guests.
  • John and Bernie Gill celebrate three years in business in their popular Clare Street hostelry - Gill's - tonight, Tuesday, 29th July.


Late Middle English: from Old French hostelerie, from hostelier 'innkeeper', from hostel (see hostel).

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Syllabification: hos·tel·ry

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