[ hos-pi-tuh-buh l, ho-spit-uh-buh l ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. hosier,
  2. hosiery,
  3. hosing,
  4. hosp.,
  5. hospice,
  6. hospital,
  7. hospital bed,
  8. hospital corner,
  9. hospital formulary,
  10. hospital gangrene

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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British Dictionary definitions for hospitable


/ (ˈhɒspɪtəbəl, hɒˈspɪt-) /


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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