Meaning of hostel in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɒst(ə)l/

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  • 1An establishment which provides inexpensive food and lodging for a specific group of people, such as students, workers, or travellers.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Funding is being provided to establish a hostel for visiting families of patients and for use by post-operative patients.’
    • ‘As the street reaches the train station, it becomes seedier, with fast food joints, strip clubs and cheap hostels.’
    • ‘Many employers will not consider someone who provides a hostel or bed & breakfast lodgings as an address.’
    • ‘Moreover, the level of services and facilities provided by hotels, hostels and camping sites varies considerably.’
    • ‘A hotel that once knew better days is now a cheap hostel.’
    • ‘Construction delays at a new hostel have again seen students forced to stay in a hotel, possibly for as long as a month.’
    • ‘In addition to providing hostels and day centres for homeless people, Alabare runs projects geared towards drug addicts, victims of domestic violence and people with disabilities or learning difficulties.’
    • ‘A study by the Irish Refugee Council examined the experiences of asylum seekers in Cork, Ennis and Limerick who rely on hostels for food and supplies.’
    • ‘Students living in hostels, unlike other tenants, are not covered by the Residential Tenancy Act 1986, which lays out the minimum standards required of landlords.’
    • ‘Each of the school's two hostels has 52 students with every room colour coded and featuring beds, wardrobes, drawers, a pin board, a desk and chair as well as shelving.’
    • ‘Comfortably housed in college hostels, the students describe the programme as the ‘most memorable of their lives’ and are very proud to be chosen.’
    • ‘The Irish Refugee Council's report found the direct-provision system, where asylum seekers' needs are provided by hostels, was not working.’
    • ‘The action is over demands for an increase in the living-out allowance, which allows miners to live away from the single-sex hostels provided by the company.’
    • ‘The conditions in workers' hostels - mostly private dwellings in the surrounding areas - also contribute to health problems.’
    • ‘Before calling in police, management disconnected electricity and water supplies to the factory and to the workers' hostels in an attempt to break the strike.’
    • ‘The road is lined by cheap hostels and unpretentious bars that bustle at night, and has been a popular spot for foreign backpackers and budget tourists for many years.’
    • ‘Since 1981, a total of 28 people have been killed in fires at backpacker hostels and other cheap boarding facilities.’
    cheap hotel, youth hostel, YMCA, YWCA, bed and breakfast, B & B, boarding house, guest house, pension
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    1. 1.1
      short for youth hostel
      ‘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.’
      cheap hotel, youth hostel, YMCA, YWCA, bed and breakfast, B & B, boarding house, guest house, pension
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    2. 1.2 archaic An inn providing accommodation.


Middle English (in the general sense ‘lodging, place to stay’) : from Old French, from medieval Latin hospitale (see hospital).