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[hos-pi-tuh-buh l, ho-spit-uh-buh l] /ˈhɒs pɪ tə bəl, hɒˈspɪt ə bəl/
receiving or treating guests or strangers warmly and generously:
a hospitable family.
characterized by or betokening warmth and generosity toward guests or strangers:
a hospitable smile.
favorably receptive or open (usually followed by to):
to be hospitable to new ideas; a climate hospitable to the raising of corn.
Origin of hospitable
1560-70; < Latin hospitā(re) to receive as guest (compare Latin hospitārī to be a guest; see hospitium) + -ble
Related forms
hospitableness, noun
hospitably, adverb Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Haste, then, and hospitably spread the board For her regale, while with my best dispatch I lay my bellows and my tools aside.

  • I was very tired, and did justice to the supper that had been so hospitably prepared for us.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • "The reproach is easily removed," replied Shan Tien hospitably.

    Kai Lung's Golden Hours Ernest Bramah
  • "Set down, Frank, and take a load off your feet," said he hospitably.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • Sometimes the sacred visitor rewards with temporal goods the kindly host who has hospitably received him.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • At Durham they were hospitably entertained in the absence of the Bishop.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • In Portland she spent several days, lectured three times, and was most hospitably entertained.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • We received him hospitably, and he stayed part of a week here.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Here we were hospitably entertained and slept soundly after a full day's exercise.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty Charles A. Murdock
  • From this time forward, we were most hospitably entertained.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
British Dictionary definitions for hospitably


/ˈhɒspɪtəbəl; hɒˈspɪt-/
welcoming to guests or strangers
fond of entertaining
receptive: hospitable to new ideas
Derived Forms
hospitableness, noun
hospitably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin hospitāre to receive as a guest, from Latin hospes guest, host1
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Word Origin and History for hospitably



1560s, from Middle French hospitable, from Latin hospitari "be a guest," from hospes (genitive hospitis) "guest" (see host (n.1)). Related: Hospitably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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