If you backpack around Europe and are traveling on a budget, you will probably want to stay in a hostel, an inexpensive lodging made typically for young travelers willing to sleep in dorms.

The word hostel comes from the Latin hospitale meaning "inn, large house." Think of a hostel as an inn for students or young people. Often you can stay in one of these places for relatively little money because multiple beds are in one room and you share the bathroom with other guests. If you want to meet traveling students, you could try opening a youth hostel in your home town.

Definitions of hostel

n a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers

auberge, hostelry, inn, lodge
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caravan inn, caravansary, caravanserai, khan
an inn in some eastern countries with a large courtyard that provides accommodation for caravans
a hostel for pilgrims in Turkey
post house, posthouse
an inn for exchanging post horses and accommodating riders
an inn (usually outside city limits on a main road) providing meals and liquor and dancing and (sometimes) gambling
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a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services

n inexpensive supervised lodging (especially for youths on bicycling trips)

student lodging, youth hostel
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housing, living accommodations, lodging
structures collectively in which people are housed

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