- a person who receives or entertains guests at home or elsewhere: the host at a theater party.
- a master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for a television or radio program.
- a person, place, company, or the like, that provides services, resources, etc., as for a convention or sporting event: Our city would like to serve as host for the next Winter Olympics.
- the landlord of an inn.
- a living animal or plant from which a parasite obtains nutrition.
- Surgery. the recipient of a graft.Compare donor(def 2).
- to be the host at (a dinner, reception, etc.): He hosted a reception for new members.
- to act as host to: The vice president hosted the foreign dignitaries during their visit.
- to act as master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for: to host a popular talk show.
- to perform the duties or functions of a host.
Origin of host1
- a multitude or great number of persons or things: a host of details.
- an army.
Origin of host2
SynonymsSee more synonyms for host on Thesaurus.com
- the bread or wafer consecrated in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Origin of Host
Examples from the Web for hosts
By day, she cares for her children in a bombed-out milk factory that hosts her orphanage, Okutiuka.Death Metal Angola: Heavy Metal in War-Torn Africa
November 21, 2014
Hosts are vetted carefully, both for their cooking and entertaining skills.The Airbnb of Home-Cooked Meals
November 3, 2014
The Family Research Council, a major social conservative group, hosts the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. each year.Paul, Cruz Duel at ‘Values Voter’ Event
September 26, 2014
Blacklace also hosts nights for Killing Kittens, a sex club of sorts with cabaret acts held at venues around the U.K.Inside London's Underground Burlesque and Fetish Scene
August 12, 2014
Truth be told, Patrick and Diplo [who hosts SoundClash] were neck and neck in my dream wish list for this show.How Questlove Is Bringing Music Back to Television
July 23, 2014
The army, or the hosts, were called the army of God, or the hosts of God.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part IV]
Benedict of Spinoza
This was the chief of all the hosts, Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and Argos.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
I was touched by the gracefulness and tact of my hosts in not asking me to recite any poetry.My Double Life
Oftener than not his hosts caught no glimpse of his lordship throughout the day.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Yet it was not easy for him to assume, at such short notice, those of his hosts.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
- a person who receives or entertains guests, esp in his own home
- a country or organization which provides facilities for and receives visitors to an event
- (as modifier)the host nation
- the compere of a show or television programme
- an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite
- an animal, esp an embryo, into which tissue is experimentally grafted
- computing a computer connected to a network and providing facilities to other computers and their users
- the owner or manager of an inn
- to be the host of (a party, programme, etc)to host one's own show
- (tr) US informal to leave (a restaurant) without paying the bill
- a great number; multitude
- an archaic word for army
- the bread consecrated in the Eucharist
Word Origin and History for hosts
"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 animal or plant on which or in which a parasitic organism lives.
- The recipient of a transplanted tissue or organ.
- 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.
- The recipient of a transplanted tissue or organ.
- A computer containing data or programs that another computer can access by means of a network or modem.