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

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 Additionally, cooler weather has have made the environment more hospitable for the coronavirus, which thrives in low humidity and spreads more easily indoors. Los Angeles Times, "California quelled virus surge with March stay-at-home order. Why isn’t this one working?," 21 Dec. 2020 By tradition and reputation, Egyptians are a warm, hospitable, talkative people. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "How Fares Freedom?," 17 Dec. 2020 Subglacial lakes may have been the most hospitable place for life. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "The most life-friendly places on ancient Mars were deep below its surface," 3 Dec. 2020 Sweet said there are still no signs of rain on the horizon and that weather hospitable to fire will likely be back beginning Friday evening. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Southern California is in for a reprieve from dangerous fire weather," 9 Dec. 2020 Animal studies show that exercise lessens inflammation and may otherwise make the body’s internal environment less hospitable to malignancies. Gretchen Reynolds, Star Tribune, "How exercise might affect immunity to lower cancer risk," 21 Nov. 2020 Greene has made offensive statements at a time when many Black Americans think the GOP has become more hospitable to white supremacists. Author: Robert Costa, Tom Hamburger, Anchorage Daily News, "Republicans sound alarm on Georgia Senate runoffs as they privately weigh Trump’s influence," 17 Nov. 2020 Learning tried to move online, but inadequate access to internet, computers or electricity meant challenges for children who found themselves with an even less hospitable avenue to education than Mavhinga did in her youth. Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, "The pandemic reimagined sub-Saharan education, but access to digital is urgently needed," 10 Nov. 2020 By that time, after a decade of courting Catholic voters and amid new efforts to sway evangelical Christians, the G.O.P. had become less hospitable to pro-choice views. Anna Louie Sussman, The New Yorker, "The Loneliness of the Pro-Choice Republican Woman," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

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“Hospitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospitable. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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