Hostel vs Shelter - What's the difference?

hostel | shelter |


As nouns the difference between hostel and shelter

is that hostel is a commercial overnight lodging place, with dormitory accommodation and shared facilities, especially a youth hostel while shelter is a refuge, haven or other cover or protection from something.

As a verb shelter is

to provide cover from damage or harassment; to shield; to protect.

hostel

English

Noun

(wikipedia hostel) (en noun)
  • A commercial overnight lodging place, with dormitory accommodation and shared facilities, especially a youth hostel
  • (not US) A temporary refuge for the homeless providing a bed and sometimes food
  • (obsolete) A small, unendowed college in Oxford or Cambridge.
  • (Holinshed)

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * hosteler, hosteller * hostelry

    Anagrams

    * ----

    shelter

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A refuge, haven or other cover or protection from something.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1928, author=Lawrence R. Bourne
  • , title=Well Tackled! , chapter=7 citation , passage=The detective kept them in view. He made his way casually along the inside of the shelter until he reached an open scuttle close to where the two men were standing talking. Eavesdropping was not a thing Larard would have practised from choice, but there were times when, in the public interest, he had to do it, and this was one of them.}}
  • An institution that provides temporary housing for homeless people, battered women etc.
  • Derived terms

    * bus shelter

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To provide cover from damage or harassment; to shield; to protect.
  • * Dryden
  • Those ruins sheltered once his sacred head.
  • * Southey
  • You have no convents in which such persons may be received and sheltered .
  • To take cover.
  • During the rainstorm, we sheltered under a tree.