hospitality

[ hos-pi-tal-i-tee ]
/ ˌhɒs pɪˈtæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural hos·pi·tal·i·ties.

the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers.
the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.

Origin of hospitality

1325–75; Middle English hospitalite < Middle French < Latin hospitālitās, equivalent to hospitāli(s) (see hospital) + -tās -ty2
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British Dictionary definitions for hospitality

hospitality

/ (ˌhɒspɪˈtælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

kindness in welcoming strangers or guests
receptiveness
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Word Origin and History for hospitality

hospitality


n.

late 14c., "act of being hospitable," from Old French hospitalité, from Latin hospitalitem (nominative hospitalitas) "friendliness to guests," from hospes (genitive hospitis) "guest" (see host (n.1)).

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