Definition of hospitable in English:

hospitable

Syllabification: hos·pi·ta·ble
Pronunciation: /häˈspitəbəl, ˈhäspitəbəl
 
 
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adjective

  • 1Friendly and welcoming to strangers or guests: two friendly, hospitable brothers run the hotel
    More example sentences
    • When visiting a neighbor or relative's house, guests enjoy a hospitable welcome.
    • The Chamorro people are warm, hospitable and friendly, and they made me feel welcome.
    • It shows local shoppers that their custom is valued and also serves to promote our county as a warm, friendly and hospitable place to visit.
    Synonyms
    welcoming, friendly, congenial, genial, sociable, convivial, cordial, courteous; gracious, well-disposed, amenable, helpful, obliging, accommodating, neighborly, warm, kind, generous, bountiful
  • 1.1(Of an environment) pleasant and favorable for living in: the Sonoran desert is one of the least hospitable places on earth
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    • So how has atheistic Maoism found such a hospitable environment here?
    • It is generally known that anthrax bacteria can live for decades in the soil or other hospitable environments.
    • Clearly, the current low inflation environment is more hospitable to consumers rather than producers.

Derivatives

hospitably

adverb
More example sentences
  • The Museum staff looked after the Chiswick group very generously and hospitably, discussing these painful issues in some detail, providing guided tours during their stay and an interpreter for the afternoon of the event.
  • As Robert Louis Stevenson put it after spending a night under some pine trees in the hills of the Cevennes in southern France: ‘I had been most hospitably received and punctually served in my green caravanserai.’
  • We were very hospitably received by our Hutu neighbors there.

Origin

late 16th century: from French, from obsolete hospiter 'receive a guest', from medieval Latin hospitare 'entertain', from hospes, hospit- (see host1).

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