verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of host1
Origin of host2
Synonyms for host
Origin of Host
Related Words for hostowner, moderator, manager, entertainer, anchor, presenter, array, crowd, multitude, receive, introduce, present, keeper, proprietor, innkeeper, emcee, throng, horde, army, legion
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Contemporary Examples of host
Kyle Dietrich, 36, is a host of one of the DC Dinner Parties.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
Earlier in the segment, host Chuck Todd had asked him if he understood and acknowledged that black people have a fear of police.Memo to Cops: Criticisms Aren’t Attacks
December 28, 2014
NBC News boss Deborah Turness abruptly ousted the ‘Meet the Press’ host four months ago.David Gregory's 'Meet the Press' Eviction Exposed in Washingtonian Takedown
December 23, 2014
Doug McIntyre is host of McIntyre in the Morning on KABC radio in Los Angeles.The Disaster Story That Hollywood Had Coming
December 17, 2014
Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, and a host of others got their start with the improv troupe.The Ladies of Second City Read Grindr Hookup Messages
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 11, 2014
Historical Examples of host
These two have rallied their host upon his modishly trimmed side-whiskers.
The laughter at this sally was all it should have been, even the host joining in it.
Then up the far slope he was lost at once in a host of trees.
But, though his host suggested this, Andrew refused to move his blankets.
United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures.
- a country or organization which provides facilities for and receives visitors to an event
- (as modifier)the host nation
- an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite
- an animal, esp an embryo, into which tissue is experimentally grafted
Word Origin for host
Word Origin for host
Word Origin for Host
"person who receives guests," late 13c., from Old French hoste "guest, host, hostess, landlord" (12c., Modern French hôte), from Latin hospitem (nominative hospes) "guest, host," literally "lord of strangers," from PIE *ghostis- "stranger" (cf. Old Church Slavonic gosti "guest, friend," gospodi "lord, master;" see guest). The biological sense of "animal or plant having a parasite" is from 1857.
"multitude" mid-13c., from Old French host "army" (10c.), from Medieval Latin hostis "army, war-like expedition," from Latin hostis "enemy, foreigner, stranger," from the same root as host (n.1). Replaced Old English here, and in turn has been largely superseded by army. The generalized meaning of "large number" is first attested 1610s.
"body of Christ, consecrated bread," c.1300, from Latin hostia "sacrifice," also "the animal sacrificed," applied in Church Latin to Christ; probably ultimately related to host (n.1) in its root sense of "stranger, enemy."
"to serve as a host," early 15c., from host (n.1). Related: Hosted; hosting.
- The larger of two organisms in a symbiotic relationship.
- An organism or cell on or in which a parasite lives or feeds.♦ A definitive host is an organism in which a parasite reaches sexual maturity. The anopheles mosquito is the definitive host for the malaria plasmodium because, while the mosquito is not adversely affected by the plasmodium's presence, it is the organism in which the plasmodium matures and reproduces.♦ An intermediate host is an organism in which a parasite develops but does not attain sexual maturity. Humans and certain other vertebrates are the intermediate host of the malaria plasmodium.♦ A paratenic host is an organism which may be required for the completion of a parasite's life cycle but in which no development of the parasite occurs. The unhatched eggs of nematodes are sometimes carried in a paratenic host such as a bird or rodent. When a predator eats the paratenic host, the eggs are ingested as well.