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hostel, noun

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1. a. A single-sex barrack or dormitory for the accommodation of black migrant workers in urban areas; bachelor quarters. b. Similar living quarters for mine-workers. Cf. compound sense 1. Also attributive, and combination hostel-dweller, one living in a hostel. See also migrant labour sense 1.
1943 J. Burger Black Man’s Burden 180In Durban..the accommodation for Natives consists largely of hostels for single men and women and about 140 cottages for married couples.
1992 Weekly Mail 16 Apr. 35As the [mining] industry entered the 1990s the compounds, now renamed hostels, were occupied primarily by workers from South Africa and the ‘homelands’.
2. A boarding-house for pupils at a primary or secondary school; those living in the hostel. Also attributive.
1956 A. Baskind in Pietersburg Eng. Medium School Mag. 31On Saturday..the School House hostel held a tickey-evening to raise funds for..a new radiogram.
1993 [see sarmie].
A single-sex barrack or dormitory for the accommodation of black migrant workers in urban areas; bachelor quarters.
Similar living quarters for mine-workers.
A boarding-house for pupils at a primary or secondary school; those living in the hostel. Also attributive.

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