Origin of invitation
Examples from the Web for invitation
You were there at my invitation to discuss issues with your constituents.
Letting humans use their common sense is not an invitation to anarchy.
And I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to stay at Easter Elchies House, the spiritual home at The Macallan.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan||December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Admission is free, but by invitation only, and advance RSVP is required.
“Lyova, you know I have a funny feeling about this invitation,” he told Levon Atovmyan, a close friend and fellow composer.
The invitation was proffered, and Samuel Lynn did not see reason to decline it.Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles|Mrs. Henry Wood
I exclaimed vaguely, recollecting the acceptance of Mrs. Shand's invitation about a week previously.The Sign of Silence|William Le Queux
Captain Raymond, who was present, warmly seconded the invitation, and Mary accepted it.Elsie at Ion|Martha Finley
Lily had retired to the other side of the room as soon as the parley about the invitation began.A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories|William D. Howells
For the Emperor himself could hardly have got an invitation to his royal aunt's Fridays "at home."The Genius|Margaret Horton Potter
British Dictionary definitions for invitation
- the act of inviting, such as an offer of entertainment or hospitality
- (as modifier)an invitation dance; an invitation race
Word Origin and History for invitation
mid-15c., from Latin invitationem (nominative invitatio) "an invitation, incitement, challenge," noun of action from past participle stem of invitare "invite, treat, entertain," originally "be pleasant toward," from in- "toward" (see in- (2)). Second element is obscure; Watkins suggests a suffixed form of root *weie- "to go after something, pursue with vigor," and a connection to English gain (see venison). Meaning "the spoken or written form in which a person is invited" is from 1610s.