Definition of hospitality in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɒspɪˈtalɪti/


[mass noun]
1The friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers: Scotland is renowned for its hospitality
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  • 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, welcome, warm reception, helpfulness, neighbourliness, warmth, warm-heartedness, kindness, kind-heartedness, congeniality, geniality, sociability, conviviality, cordiality, amicability, amenability, generosity, liberality, bountifulness, open-handedness
1.1 [as modifier] Relating to or denoting the business of entertaining clients, conference delegates, or other official visitors: the BBC’s hospitality suite
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  • 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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