Definition of hospitality in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhäspəˈtalədē/


The friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.
Example sentences
  • Even in an age of mass tourism, many Cypriots still regard visitors as honoured guests and offer hospitality to total strangers.
  • Both were spellbound by the courtesy, hospitality, helpfulness and friendliness of the African people.
  • The fundamental test of justice is one of hospitality to the stranger.
friendliness, hospitableness, warm reception, welcome, helpfulness, neighborliness, warmth, kindness, congeniality, geniality, cordiality, courtesy, amenability, generosity, entertainment, catering, food


Relating to or denoting the business of housing or entertaining visitors: the hospitality industry
More example sentences
  • A rally was organised by various business houses in the hospitality industry.
  • Licensing trust members are elected under the Sale of Liquor Act to operate businesses in the hospitality industry.
  • He said 80 percent of them were now employed within the hospitality sector and various business houses.


Late Middle English: from Old French hospitalite, from Latin hospitalitas, from hospitalis 'hospitable' (see hospital).

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Syllabification: hos·pi·tal·i·ty

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