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 hospitable (audio) , ˈhä-​(ˌ)spi-​ \ adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Maggie and Gary try to be hospitable to a surprise guest; Regina worries about Tyrell moving too fast with a new fling; Rome helps a student through their maturation. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 And the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Florida, where the order originated, may not be hospitable to an appeal. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 And although cooler months often give us a respite from dirty air, winter is also more hospitable to particulate-matter pollution. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2021 Essentially, one problem compounds to another, and a better preemptive solution would have been to create a hospitable work environment that prevented the bartender from ever leaving. Ryan Vet, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 They are dispersed and they are being welcomed into a hospitable and sanitized environment. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 25 Mar. 2022 The chemical was banned a decade later and the Clean Water Act made the eagle’s natural habitat more hospitable. Olive Fellows, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Feb. 2022 Today, with the outlook for such projects having largely fizzled -- a trend that preceded the pandemic, but which has snowballed since -- streaming has become the most hospitable venue for comedic actors looking to flex their dramatic muscles. Brian Lowry, CNN, 12 Nov. 2021 But that effort brought rich rewards: hospitable locals, incredible food, powerful landscapes, magnificent beaches for every mood. Rachel Howard, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Hospitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospitable. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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