[ hos-pi-tuh-buhl, ho-spit-uh-buhl ]
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  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.

  1. 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

First recorded in 1560–70; from Latin hospitā(re) “to receive as guest” (compare Latin hospitārī “to be a guest”; see hospitium) + -ble

Other words from hospitable

  • hos·pi·ta·ble·ness, noun
  • hos·pi·ta·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for hospitable


/ (ˈhɒspɪtəbəl, hɒˈspɪt-) /

  1. welcoming to guests or strangers

  2. fond of entertaining

  1. receptive: hospitable to new ideas

Origin of hospitable

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

Derived forms of hospitable

  • hospitableness, noun
  • hospitably, adverb

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