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

Other Words from hospitable

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

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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 The Syrian arms dealer Monzer al-Kassar, provider of weapons and ammunition to terrorists and guerrillas, was faultlessly hospitable to guests at his Marbella mansion and was described as a loving father to his children. Rachel Newcomb, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 These courageous and pioneering women thus worked for a society that would be hospitable to the vulnerable and dependent -- and to those who care for them. CNN, 27 June 2022 Inna discovered that the area had a reputation for being hospitable to refugees. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 Soil compaction, in its extreme form, gets rid of all these spaces, making the ground much less hospitable for plants. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 29 May 2022 Welcome to the Tennessee Motorcycles And Music Revival, now in its 5th year and one of the chillest, hospitable and easy-to-navigate gatherings any biker can hope to find among the many held each year across the U.S.A. Josh Max, Forbes, 22 May 2022 In the early 1990s, Riordan ran a mayoral campaign similar to that of Caruso — a former Republican who is now running as a Democrat focused on public safety and making the city more hospitable for business. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2022 Essentially the heat and low humidity combined create a more hospitable environment for the fires to grow. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 13 May 2022 The onus is on leaders to make the workplace more hospitable, protective, flexible and inclusive. Quentin Mcdowell, Forbes, 26 May 2022 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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“Hospitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospitable. Accessed 10 Aug. 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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