hos·​pi·​ta·​ble | \ hä-ˈspi-tə-bəl How to pronounce hospitable (audio) , ˈhä-(ˌ)spi- How to pronounce hospitable (audio) \

Definition of hospitable

1a : 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

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Other Words from hospitable

hospitably \ hä-​ˈspi-​tə-​blē How to pronounce hospitably (audio) , ˈhä-​(ˌ)spi-​ \ adverb

Examples of hospitable in a Sentence

The people of that country are very hospitable. It's a hearty plant that grows in even the least hospitable climates. elderly people moving to Florida for its hospitable climate
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Recent Examples on the Web Both Amtrak in the United States and VIA Rail in Canada are exceptionally hospitable to service dogs. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Traveling with a service animal doesn’t have to be difficult. New book explains how.," 14 Nov. 2019 In 1997, scientists reported the Mars Pathfinder had yielded what could be the strongest evidence yet that Mars might once have been hospitable to life. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wis., and in communities in Michigan.," 8 Oct. 2019 Itinerary Itinerary The island nation of Fiji is known for its vibrant coral reefs, emerald green peaks, and some of the most hospitable people on Earth. National Geographic, "Fiji Community Service: Community Restoration," 10 Sep. 2019 But it’s also increasingly understood as crucial for ensuring a world hospitable to people. Ciara Nugent / Wallasea Island, Time, "The Best Way to Save Nature? More Nature," 12 Sep. 2019 Show more replies Show more replies − + tjirish43 • 5 days ago • edited Dieter was wrong about AB not finding the market hospitable. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Antonio Brown exposed the Raiders’ relentless incompetence," 7 Sep. 2019 This is just a single planet, but the results suggest finding a hospitable planet around a red dwarf may not be as easy as astronomers had hoped. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "This rocky ‘super-Earth’ may be a hard place for life to get a foothold," 19 Aug. 2019 Another factor: Women perceive the ASPR as less hospitable to their research than men do, according to a recent survey of 2,000 members of the American Political Science Association. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "A top US political science journal ignored race and gender—until 12 women took over," 31 July 2019 Areas that are now colder could become hospitable to more trees. Stephanie Demarco, latimes.com, "Trees could reduce carbon in the atmosphere to levels not seen in nearly 100 years," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of hospitable

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hospitable

borrowed from Medieval Latin hospitābilis, from hospitāre "to lodge, reside, give lodging to, house" (going back to Latin hospitārī "to put up as a guest, give lodging to," derivative of hospit-, hospes "guest, host") + Latin -bilis "capable (of acting) or worthy (of being acted upon)" — more at host entry 3, -able

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The first known use of hospitable was circa 1570

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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hospitable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospitable. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of hospitable

: 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


hos·​pi·​ta·​ble | \ hä-ˈspi-tə-bəl How to pronounce hospitable (audio) , ˈhä-spi- \

Kids Definition of hospitable

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

Other Words from hospitable

hospitably \ -​blē \ adverb

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