hospitable

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

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 , ˈhä-​(ˌ)spi-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for hospitable

Synonyms

affable, cordial, genial, gracious, sociable

Antonyms

inhospitable, ungenial, ungracious, unsociable

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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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Modern-day Mars may be more hospitable to oxygen-breathing life than previously thought. Deborah Netburn, The Seattle Times, "Mars could have enough molecular oxygen to support life," 26 Oct. 2018 There are still many lingering questions, including how and why people moved from the relatively hospitable coasts into the more challenging interior. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Uncover 20,000-Year-Old Kangaroo Cook Out," 31 May 2018 Used to the balmy breezes at home and usually hospitable weather in the NL West, Los Angeles hadn’t started a game this year in a temperature below 58. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Fenway Park gave Dodgers cold shoulder, Series shifts to LA," 25 Oct. 2018 Just like home Those ratios line up with climate models that suggest a wetter, more hospitable environment in Arabia, courtesy of a shift in Africa’s monsoons during periods of warmer global climate called interglacials. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists find 300,000-year-old stone tools in Saudi Arabia," 29 Oct. 2018 Miku Sushi and Steakhouse in Cockeysville provides a casual, hospitable haven for sampling a wide selection of sushi, tempura and more. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Miku Sushi and Steakhouse a pleasant haven in Cockeysville," 12 July 2018 Founded in 1973, Embrapa made the cerrado’s acidic soils hospitable to maize, soyabean and cattle, and created types of crops and livestock that could thrive in such climes. The Economist, "Tough times for Embrapa, a jewel of Brazilian innovation," 28 June 2018 Hall’s hospitable poems, which approach difficult ideas in the idioms of common speech, defend the sense and meaning of ordinary language from the daily barrage of a debased and weaponized English. Walt Hunter, The Atlantic, "Remembering Donald Hall, a Poet of Love and Loss," 27 June 2018 Still, a stronghold of hardy ponderosa pines, piñons, skunk bush and aspens have taken root in crevasses where water and organic materials provide hospitable conditions. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Volcanoes in Arizona: Sunset Crater hike shows off eruption's aftermath," 12 June 2018

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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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hospitable

adjective

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

hospitable

adjective
hos·​pi·​ta·​ble | \ hä-ˈspi-tə-bəl, 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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