[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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Examples from the Web for hospitably

Historical Examples of hospitably

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

  • 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



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 hospitably



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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