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


affable, cordial, genial, gracious, sociable


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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Be grateful, be humble, be hospitable, be charitable, honest, fair and kind, but don't be sorry. Beth Thames, AL.com, "Oprah for president? She's served her country already," 10 Jan. 2018 Image That means dogs, cats and other animals are increasingly showing up places they were once shunned, with hotels, restaurants and even airports becoming more hospitable to pet parents. Steve Eder, New York Times, "Pups Onboard: Why Trains Are a Great Way to Travel With Your Dog(s)," 19 June 2018 Still, the current climate for such fare does appear relatively hospitable, for a variety of reasons. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Condor' lands as '70s-style paranoid thrillers migrate to TV," 24 May 2018 The company is hoping to take advantage of what are still relatively hospitable market conditions for IPOs and major technology stocks, according to one person familiar with the company. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "Owner of China’s Top News-Aggregation App in IPO Talks," 10 July 2018 The timeless, hospitable atmosphere of this restaurant comes naturally and is as genuine and authentic in essence as the food coming out of Shirley Mae’s kitchen — food that has been crafted with plenty of love and a lot of soul. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's National Fried Chicken Day! See our top staff picks in Louisville," 6 July 2018 To most, Wednesday's forecast high of 75 degrees may seem entirely hospitable. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s gonna be a hot Mount Marathon, so racers be warned and spectators stand by — preferably with ice," 3 July 2018 Like all good hosts, Kapur and his crew are also masters of hospitable sleight of hand. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 So where exactly is the most hospitable town in the nation? Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "This Southern City is the Most Hospitable, According to Airbnb," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of hospitable

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 , 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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