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hospitality Syllabification: hos·pi·tal·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌhäspəˈtalədē/

Definition of hospitality in English:


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


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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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