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

Synonyms for hospitality Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hospitality

Contemporary Examples of hospitality

Historical Examples of hospitality

  • Ollantay received him with the greatest kindness and hospitality.

    Apu Ollantay


  • On this occasion, our provisions were supplemented by the hospitality of the khan.

  • The laws of hospitality are as the laws of the Medes and Persians.

  • I pitied him; I owed him hospitality; but it seemed intolerable that he should be there.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • Cannot we go to them, who do not seek the hospitality of the marquis?

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for hospitality


noun plural -ties

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

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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