[ hos-pi-tuh-buhl, ho-spit-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈhɒs pɪ tə bəl, hɒˈspɪt ə bəl /


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

1560–70; <Latin hospitā(re) to receive as guest (compare Latin hospitārī to be a guest; see hospitium) + -ble


hos·pi·ta·ble·ness, nounhos·pi·ta·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for hospitable

/ (ˈhɒspɪtəbəl, hɒˈspɪt-) /


welcoming to guests or strangers
fond of entertaining
receptivehospitable to new ideas

Derived forms of hospitable

hospitableness, nounhospitably, adverb

Word Origin for hospitable

C16: from Medieval Latin hospitāre to receive as a guest, from Latin hospes guest, host 1
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