hospitable

adjective hos·pi·ta·ble \ hä-ˈspi-tə-bəl , ˈhä-(ˌ)spi- \

Definition of hospitable

1 a :given to generous and cordial reception of guests
  • a kind, hospitable people
  • they are hospitable … : give a guest everything, and leave him free to do as he likes
  • —Bram Stoker
b :promising or suggesting generous and friendly welcome
  • hospitable faces
c :offering a pleasant or sustaining environment
  • grows in even the least hospitable climates
2 :readily receptive :open
  • hospitable to new ideas

hospitably

play \hä-ˈspi-tə-blē, ˈhä-(ˌ)spi-\ adverb

Examples of hospitable in a Sentence

  1. The people of that country are very hospitable.

  2. It's a hearty plant that grows in even the least hospitable climates.

  3. elderly people moving to Florida for its hospitable climate

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First Known Use of hospitable

circa 1570


HOSPITABLE Defined for English Language Learners

hospitable

adjective

Definition of hospitable for English Language Learners

  • : generous and friendly to guests or visitors

  • : having an environment where plants, animals, or people can live or grow easily

  • : ready or willing to accept or consider something


HOSPITABLE Defined for Kids

hospitable

adjective hos·pi·ta·ble \ hä-ˈspi-tə-bəl , ˈhä-spi- \

Definition of hospitable for Students

1 :friendly and generous to guests and visitors
2 :willing to deal with something new
  • They were hospitable to the changes.

hospitably

\-blē\ adverb


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