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[ hos-pi-tal-i-tee ]


, plural hos·pi·tal·i·ties.
  1. the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers:

    Hospitality at the hotel is fantastic, with staff who offered us refreshing drinks and comfortable chairs while we waited to check in.

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

    In many cultures, hospitality plays a significant role in social interactions, as individuals are often judged by their ability to extend kindness and generosity toward others.

    Synonyms: friendliness, geniality, cordiality, warmth

  3. the business or act of providing accommodation, food, drink, and other services to guests (often used attributively):

    She has held several executive-level positions in hospitality.

    This course will appeal to students who want to make a career for themselves in the hospitality industry.


/ ˌhɒspɪˈtælɪtɪ /


  1. kindness in welcoming strangers or guests
  2. receptiveness

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hospitality1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English hospitalite, from Middle French, from Latin hospitālitās, from hospitāli(s) “of a guest, hospitable” ( hospital ) + -tās -ty 2

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Example Sentences

Tax revenues that fund things like hospitals and social services come from local sales, so when visitors don’t come, it impacts more than just the hospitality industry.

The pandemic only made that financial situation worse with job losses in industries like tourism, hospitality, and the oil industry.

From Quartz

The category with the most review activity was travel and hospitality with 237.

Craft distillers are considered small businesses within the hospitality industry.

From Fortune

That means drawing from the lessons of the initial Covid-19 wave to keep patrons safe while experimenting with new revenue-generating models—and re-evaluating their purpose of the hospitality industry in the process.

From Quartz

His company, Union Square Hospitality Group, owns nine full-service restaurants.

Sergei, a 20-something former hospitality worker, chain-smokes as he talks about his experiences in the region this past summer.

Lively discussions, inspiring stories and Texas hospitality!

And, even in national parks, the hospitality industry is pushing for expanded 4G coverage and Wi-Fi access.

Walk into a good hotel bar, and you will sense the sort of hospitality that is difficult to match in any other watering hole.

She welcomed them with all the native hospitality, as she would have opened her door to let the sunlight in.

With great courtesy and hospitality Ki Pak invited the stranger within the house.

Again they heard the growl much nearer than before, and it became evident that the lion was intent on claiming hospitality.

Ireland is often accused of neglecting her opportunities, but never her hospitality.

Instantly Eudora, who had seemed so listless, woke up with all the hospitality of her Southern nature roused to action.





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