[hos-pi-tuh-buh l, ho-spit-uh-buh l]
- receiving or treating guests or strangers warmly and generously: a hospitable family.
- characterized by or betokening warmth and generosity toward guests or strangers: a hospitable smile.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for hospitably
And Connie Hancock, bouncing about hospitably in the large, rich house.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
I was very tired, and did justice to the supper that had been so hospitably prepared for us.My Double Life
"Set down, Frank, and take a load off your feet," said he hospitably.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
At Durham they were hospitably entertained in the absence of the Bishop.Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
We received him hospitably, and he stayed part of a week here.Lord Kilgobbin
- welcoming to guests or strangers
- fond of entertaining
- receptivehospitable to new ideas
C16: from Medieval Latin hospitāre to receive as a guest, from Latin hospes guest, host 1
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Word Origin and History for hospitably
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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