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[hos-pi-tal-i-tee] /ˌhɒs pɪˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural hospitalities.
the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers.
the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.
Origin of hospitality
1325-75; Middle English hospitalite < Middle French < Latin hospitālitās, equivalent to hospitāli(s) (see hospital) + -tās -ty2
2. warmth, cordiality, geniality, friendliness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They'll treat you with unfailing hospitality, offering small tulip-shaped glasses of strong tea as a prelude to negotiation.
  • We're very grateful for all the hospitality you've shown," he said sarcastically.
  • The instinct for hospitality, the elegance of manner have not been exaggerated.
  • What they demand cannot be satisfied by compliant voting registrars or the fresh hospitality of restaurant owners.
  • We will continue to extend our hospitality to protestors and all who come to our church properties during open hours.
  • Other than leisure and hospitality, no sector had a particularly good month.
  • Leisure and hospitality, retail, and health care also improved moderately.
  • She occasionally accepts the hospitality of crooks, millionaires, and criminals.
  • Southern hospitality is rightly famous, and he may think it would be rude to condemn a visitor to hellfire.
  • It's chinoiserie lite-scrub bed and gelded of any heritage and hospitality.
British Dictionary definitions for hospitality


noun (pl) -ties
kindness in welcoming strangers or guests
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Word Origin and History for hospitality

late 14c., "act of being hospitable," from Old French hospitalité, from Latin hospitalitem (nominative hospitalitas) "friendliness to guests," from hospes (genitive hospitis) "guest" (see host (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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