[ in-vi-tey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for invitation on
  1. the act of inviting.

  2. the written or spoken form with which a person is invited.

  1. something offered as a suggestion: an invitation to consider a business merger.

  2. attraction or incentive; allurement.

  3. a provocation: The speech was an invitation to rebellion.


Origin of invitation

1590–1600; <Latin invītātiōn- (stem of invītātiō), equivalent to invītāt(us) (past participle of invītāre to invite) + -iōn--ion

Other words from invitation

  • pre·in·vi·ta·tion, noun
  • re·in·vi·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use invitation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for invitation


/ (ˌɪnvɪˈteɪʃən) /

    • the act of inviting, such as an offer of entertainment or hospitality

    • (as modifier): an invitation dance; an invitation race

  1. the act of enticing or attracting; allurement

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