Definition of hostelry in English:



archaic, humorous
  • An inn.

    • ‘The well-known Westport hostelry was packed to capacity long before the tape carrying the much-anticipated footage was delivered and many of the stars of the ad were in attendance.’
    • ‘When I finish work and head off for a margarita at some Santa Cruz hostelry, I don't want to have people who recognize me shouting ‘Pedant!’’
    • ‘John and Bernie Gill celebrate three years in business in their popular Clare Street hostelry - Gill's - tonight, Tuesday, 29th July.’
    • ‘Saturday, I was in town and decided to pop into the same conveniently-located hostelry on the way home for a refreshing gargle of the black stuff - as you do.’
    • ‘The Tip Top House is believed to be the oldest mountain-top hostelry still in existence in the world.’
    • ‘The popular Littletown hostelry The Travellers Rest is up for sale again.’
    • ‘Afterwards we retired to Garvey's hostelry where we raised a glass in memory of a departed friend.’
    • ‘But Maguire's pub of Manorhamilton in neighbouring County Leitrim has all the trappings of a truly historic and hospitable hostelry.’
    • ‘In their now famous hostelry, Mary and John made a major contribution to the development of Rosses Point as a centre of excellence in the leisure industry, both locally and internationally.’
    • ‘For some twenty-seven years now this bottle has adorned the counter in Curley's Public House and has been filled with loose change and other donations from patrons and staff of the popular Clare Street hostelry.’
    • ‘Business has been thriving at the popular Robertstown hostelry since the new owners took over last year.’
    • ‘The ad was made in Iceland and also features the West Kerry hostelry, where the great man once pulled pints for the locals in Annascaul.’
    • ‘This Saturday night, the Thirteenth Park Hotel Supreme Sports Star Award will be decided at a Gala Banquet in the famed Dungarvan hostelry in front of an expected crowd of three hundred and fifty guests.’
    • ‘The BBC had put me up in a four star hostelry, gym and mini-bar inclusive (bless you, unwitting licence payers!’
    • ‘Tess has been a mainstay behind the counter at the popular High Street hostelry since the early 1960s.’
    • ‘They claimed that customers of the busy Main Street hostelry were blighting their neighbourhood with noise, nuisance, litter and vandalism.’
    • ‘Here, the Rendezvous Allegra Hotel offers stylish and cleverly designed accommodation redolent of a self-confident New York hostelry.’
    • ‘The popular Ballyhaunis hostelry opened on 19th Dec.1927 under the management of the late Michael Curley, a native of Caraun, Claremorris.’
    • ‘Sheila has worked in Rosie's for a good many years and is well known to many Irish folk who frequent this popular and long established hostelry in the city.’
    • ‘After the hectic month that is December, Jane - ‘the wife’ - and my two girls-Charlotte and April will be hoping to get a day out followed by a meal in some suitable hostelry.’


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