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hostelry

Line breaks: hos|tel¦ry
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒst(ə)lri
 
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Definition of hostelry in English:

noun (plural hostelries)

archaic or humorous
An inn or pub.
Example sentences
  • Being born in a pub, and not unknown to frequent his local hostelry for a shandy or two, Pembrokeshire author Keith Johnson is eminently qualified to be the author of his latest volume on county watering-holes.
  • The Prince of Wales came to the rescue of village life yesterday when he called in for a pint and a whisky chaser at a hostelry in the Yorkshire Dales.
  • Local hostelries offering liquid and solid refreshment include the Inverkip Hotel and Village Inn in Inverkip; and the Wemyss Bay Hotel, Wemyss Bay.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with hostelry

Rhodri • Godfrey

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