1. A supervised, inexpensive lodging place for travelers, especially young travelers.
2. An inn; a hotel.
intr.v. hos·teled, hos·tel·ing, hos·tels
To stay at hostels while traveling.
[Middle English, lodging, from Old French, from Medieval Latin hospitāle, hospice, inn; see HOSPITAL.]
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