Definition of hostel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhɒstl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːstl//
    Public spaces, Holiday accommodation
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  1. 1a building that provides cheap accommodation and meals to students, workers or travellers see also youth hostel See related entries: Public spaces, Holiday accommodation
  2. 2(British English) (also shelter North American English, British English) a building, usually run by a charity, where people who have no home can stay for a short time a hostel for the homeless Wordfinderbeg, benefit, charity, homeless, hostel, the poor, poverty, shanty town, sweatshop, unemployment
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the general sense ‘lodging, place to stay)’ : from Old French, from medieval Latin hospitale, neuter of Latin hospitalis ‘hospitable’, from hospes, hospit- ‘host, guest’.Extra examples He lives in a hostel for the homeless. We stayed at a student hostel during the conference. We stayed at a youth hostel in Perugia. a probation hostel for young offenders homeless families staying in bed and breakfast hostels All we could afford was dormitory-style accommodation at a hostel. Hostel accommodation is provided for the seasonal workers. Hostels in the city cost about $10 a night. The building had been used as a student hostel. There were several backpacker hostels in that part of the town. They were on a walking tour, staying in youth hostels. a youth/​student hostel
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