[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

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 for hospitable

congenial, courteous, friendly, neighborly

Examples from the Web for hospitable

Contemporary Examples of hospitable

Historical Examples of hospitable

  • 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.


    William Godwin

British Dictionary definitions for hospitable



welcoming to guests or strangers
fond of entertaining
receptivehospitable to new ideas
Derived Formshospitableness, 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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Word Origin and History for hospitable

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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