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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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Examples from the Web for hospitably

Historical Examples

  • And Connie Hancock, bouncing about hospitably in the large, rich house.

    Life and Death of Harriett Frean

    May Sinclair

  • I was very tired, and did justice to the supper that had been so hospitably prepared for us.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • "Set down, Frank, and take a load off your feet," said he hospitably.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • At Durham they were hospitably entertained in the absence of the Bishop.

    Two Penniless Princesses

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • We received him hospitably, and he stayed part of a week here.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever


British Dictionary definitions for hospitably

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 hospitably

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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