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 hospitably (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 Coffee shops are closed and fire stations formerly hospitable to other first responders are taking a newly cautious approach. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, "The need to go is a big barrier to going out. Why public bathrooms are a stumbling block for reopening.," 19 May 2020 Bankruptcy would not be a hospitable place for a retailer that was already trying to reverse sales declines and losses before it 846 stores were forced to shutdown in mid-March. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "J.C. Penney, rumored to file bankruptcy, instead makes a $17 million interest payment," 15 May 2020 The novel coronavirus has now forced the beloved gathering place to temporarily close its doors, but co-proprietor Ti Adelaide Martin and her team have found other ways to keep the restaurant’s hospitable spirit alive. Southern Living, "How the South's Beloved Commander's Palace Is Feeding New Orleans' Frontline Heroes," 15 Apr. 2020 The researchers hail from more than 70 institutions across 20 countries, and like the polar explorers of old they are driven to understand one of the planet’s grandest, most mysterious and least hospitable regions. Smithsonian Magazine, "Why the MOSAiC Expedition’s Research Is So Vital to Climate Change Research," 12 Mar. 2020 Certainly, many of the upcoming states don't look like the most hospitable terrain for Sanders. TheWeek, "Do Bernie Sanders' opponents know he's winning?," 22 Feb. 2020 The whole staff has embraced the effort to be more hospitable. Caralee Adams, Washington Post, "For schools eager to bolster parental involvement, it’s a family affair," 28 Feb. 2020 Chloroquine phosphate, used for decades to treat malaria, changes the pH level in human cells, making them less acidic—and less hospitable to certain viruses. Sara Harrison, Wired, "All the Ways to Kill a Coronavirus (So Far)," 23 Apr. 2020 Pigs, chickens and ducks were also not very hospitable places for the virus. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Cats may get coronavirus, but experts say it's nothing to worry about," 2 Apr. 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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25 May 2020

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“Hospitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospitable. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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