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hospitable

[hos-pi-tuh-buh l, ho-spit-uh-buh l] /ˈhɒs pɪ tə bəl, hɒˈspɪt ə bəl/
adjective
1.
receiving or treating guests or strangers warmly and generously:
a hospitable family.
2.
characterized by or betokening warmth and generosity toward guests or strangers:
a hospitable smile.
3.
favorably receptive or open (usually followed by to):
to be hospitable to new ideas; a climate hospitable to the raising of corn.
Origin of hospitable
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin hospitā(re) to receive as guest (compare Latin hospitārī to be a guest; see hospitium) + -ble
Related forms
hospitableness, noun
hospitably, adverb
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  • And Connie Hancock, bouncing about hospitably in the large, rich house.

  • I was very tired, and did justice to the supper that had been so hospitably prepared for us.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • "Set down, Frank, and take a load off your feet," said he hospitably.

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    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • At Durham they were hospitably entertained in the absence of the Bishop.

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  • We received him hospitably, and he stayed part of a week here.

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  • From this time forward, we were most hospitably entertained.

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  • "You come right in, and I'll make you a cup of tea," said the captain, hospitably.

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  • Alfred hospitably ladled some bacon and coffee into their former owner.

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  • "Have a drink, Happy, on me," hospitably suggested the proprietor.

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  • When the truth was known, they did their best to receive them hospitably.

British Dictionary definitions for hospitably

hospitable

/ˈhɒspɪtəbəl; hɒˈspɪt-/
adjective
1.
welcoming to guests or strangers
2.
fond of entertaining
3.
receptive: hospitable to new ideas
Derived Forms
hospitableness, noun
hospitably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin hospitāre to receive as a guest, from Latin hospes guest, host1
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Word Origin and History for hospitably

hospitable

adj.

1560s, from Middle French hospitable, from Latin hospitari "be a guest," from hospes (genitive hospitis) "guest" (see host (n.1)). Related: Hospitably.

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