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



BrE BrE//ˈhɒstəlri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːstəlri//
(pl. hostelries) (old use or humorous) Holiday accommodation
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a pub or hotel See related entries: Holiday accommodation Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French hostelerie from hostelier ‘innkeeper’, from hostel, from medieval Latin hospitale, neuter of Latin hospitalis ‘hospitable’, from hospes, hospit- ‘host, guest’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hostelry