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hospitable

[hos-pi-tuh-buh l, ho-spit-uh-buh l]
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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.
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Origin of hospitable

1560–70; < Latin hospitā(re) to receive as guest (compare Latin hospitārī to be a guest; see hospitium) + -ble
Related formshos·pi·ta·ble·ness, nounhos·pi·ta·bly, adverb
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Related Words

congenialcourteousfriendlyneighborly

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Historical Examples

  • I will not say in what country, for all countries have been hospitable to me, and I am neither a spy nor a traitress.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • And I may say, too, that they are most hospitable to the traveler, as our own experience with them exemplified.

  • And so that hospitable front door of ours waited long for neighbors.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • They bought that pleasant house of ours with its hospitable front door.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • He composed his understanding, and recollected the lessons of the hospitable hermit.

    Imogen

    William Godwin


British Dictionary definitions for hospitable

hospitable

adjective
  1. welcoming to guests or strangers
  2. fond of entertaining
  3. receptivehospitable to new ideas
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Derived Formshospitableness, nounhospitably, adverb

Word Origin

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 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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