- a person who receives or entertains guests at home or elsewhere: the host at a theater party.
- a master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for a television or radio program.
- a person, place, company, or the like, that provides services, resources, etc., as for a convention or sporting event: Our city would like to serve as host for the next Winter Olympics.
- the landlord of an inn.
- a living animal or plant from which a parasite obtains nutrition.
- Surgery. the recipient of a graft.Compare donor(def 2).
- to be the host at (a dinner, reception, etc.): He hosted a reception for new members.
- to act as host to: The vice president hosted the foreign dignitaries during their visit.
- to act as master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for: to host a popular talk show.
- to perform the duties or functions of a host.
Origin of host1
Examples from the Web for hosting
Three years ago, Republican Guard soldiers came into the hills and killed a cleric accused of hosting Jundullah fighters.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Suppose my hotel “conscientiously objects” to hosting a gay couple.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
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If the vendor is hosting the device, what does their system look like in terms of firewalls and other protections?How Your Pacemaker Will Get Hacked
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November 17, 2014
Chefs have been on the trend for years, hosting underground dinner parties and after-hour meals for staff.Meet the Julia Child of Weed
November 13, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hosting the Archer panel at New York Comic-Con.‘Archer’ Season 6 Preview: Cast and Crew on Rebranding and Dropping ISIS
October 27, 2014
They also took counsel in what manner they should proceed on their hosting.
With wonder, with delight, the daughter of Murrachu watched the hosting of the Shee.The Crock of Gold
The king and his hosting went to the aid of Leinster in the latter's necessity.Lives of SS. Declan and Mochuda
For the warriors had said that unless Donn-bo would go with them on that hosting, not one of them would go.The Irish Fairy Book
There then stood the Banner of the House of the Wolfings awaiting the departure of the warriors to the hosting.The House of the Wolfings
- a person who receives or entertains guests, esp in his own home
- a country or organization which provides facilities for and receives visitors to an event
- (as modifier)the host nation
- the compere of a show or television programme
- an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite
- an animal, esp an embryo, into which tissue is experimentally grafted
- computing a computer connected to a network and providing facilities to other computers and their users
- the owner or manager of an inn
- to be the host of (a party, programme, etc)to host one's own show
- (tr) US informal to leave (a restaurant) without paying the bill
- a great number; multitude
- an archaic word for army
- the bread consecrated in the Eucharist
Word Origin and History for hosting
"person who receives guests," late 13c., from Old French hoste "guest, host, hostess, landlord" (12c., Modern French hôte), from Latin hospitem (nominative hospes) "guest, host," literally "lord of strangers," from PIE *ghostis- "stranger" (cf. Old Church Slavonic gosti "guest, friend," gospodi "lord, master;" see guest). The biological sense of "animal or plant having a parasite" is from 1857.
"multitude" mid-13c., from Old French host "army" (10c.), from Medieval Latin hostis "army, war-like expedition," from Latin hostis "enemy, foreigner, stranger," from the same root as host (n.1). Replaced Old English here, and in turn has been largely superseded by army. The generalized meaning of "large number" is first attested 1610s.
"body of Christ, consecrated bread," c.1300, from Latin hostia "sacrifice," also "the animal sacrificed," applied in Church Latin to Christ; probably ultimately related to host (n.1) in its root sense of "stranger, enemy."
"to serve as a host," early 15c., from host (n.1). Related: Hosted; hosting.
- The animal or plant on which or in which a parasitic organism lives.
- The recipient of a transplanted tissue or organ.
- The larger of two organisms in a symbiotic relationship.
- An organism or cell on or in which a parasite lives or feeds.♦ A definitive host is an organism in which a parasite reaches sexual maturity. The anopheles mosquito is the definitive host for the malaria plasmodium because, while the mosquito is not adversely affected by the plasmodium's presence, it is the organism in which the plasmodium matures and reproduces.♦ An intermediate host is an organism in which a parasite develops but does not attain sexual maturity. Humans and certain other vertebrates are the intermediate host of the malaria plasmodium.♦ A paratenic host is an organism which may be required for the completion of a parasite's life cycle but in which no development of the parasite occurs. The unhatched eggs of nematodes are sometimes carried in a paratenic host such as a bird or rodent. When a predator eats the paratenic host, the eggs are ingested as well.
- The recipient of a transplanted tissue or organ.
- A computer containing data or programs that another computer can access by means of a network or modem.