hospitable

adjective
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
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Recent Examples on the Web The trick to modern revenue raising is to find a pool of potential revenue whose owners lack the wherewithal to use legal loopholes and the mobility to move to a more hospitable tax environment. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 3 June 2021 One of those is to directly and proactively create a more hospitable environment. Fortune, 29 May 2021 Capitalism regulates our experience of romantic love into the couple form envisioned by heteropatriarchy, because this is the form of social life most hospitable to capitalist accumulation. Alexis Okeowo, Vogue, 17 May 2021 The west coast of Ireland is home to miles of wild and forbidding landscape, and the warmest most hospitable people in the world. Usa Today Travel Team, USA TODAY, 31 Dec. 2020 Friday nights are usually heady and vibrant in the Welsh capital Cardiff; its people are famous for being fiercely proud and incredibly hospitable, Sebastian Shukla writes. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, 26 Oct. 2020 That's when there will be United Nations talks in Glasgow, where about 200 governments will be asked to spell out what each is willing to do to keep the Earth from becoming a far hotter, more dangerous and less hospitable place. Ellen Knickmeyer And Christina Larson, Star Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 The waitstaff is super hospitable and the food is served up with a smile. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 The other new factor is the global economic environment, which is much less hospitable than during the last Turkish crisis two years ago. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2021

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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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“Hospitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospitable. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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hospitable

adjective

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

hospitable

adjective
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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