hos·pi·tal·i·ty | \ˌhä-spə-ˈta-lə-tē \
plural hospitalities

Definition of hospitality 

1 : hospitable treatment, reception, or disposition thanked our hosts for their hospitality

2 : the activity or business of providing services to guests in hotels, restaurants, bars, etc. usually used before another noun a hospitality suiteValet parking may be the most commonplace, least understood corner of the hospitality industry.— Bruce Feiler… has turned the hospitality business upside down with his far-out hotel designs …— Robert Herzbrun

Examples of hospitality in a Sentence

It was refreshing to be met with such hospitality after our long journey.

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Amazon announced Tuesday the release of Alexa for Hospitality, a new version of the Amazon Echo smart speaker with Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant, specifically designed for hotels and other hospitality locations. Ryan Suppe, USA TODAY, "Alexa, what time's checkout? Amazon introduces Alexa for hotels," 19 June 2018 The task force also hosted several women who have already begun taking steps to address the issue of harassment in employment fields including the restaurant industry, hospitality, tech, and the media. Maya Rhodan, Time, "#MeToo Has 'Tripled' Web Traffic For the Federal Agency That Investigates Harassment," 12 June 2018 After all, Southern gentility, hospitality, and good manners are as central to a Southerner’s identity as sipping a glass of sweet tea on a hot day. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Southern Traditions We Want to Bring Back–And You Will Too!," 7 June 2018 Service providers boosted employment by 171,000, led by increases in retail; education and health services; leisure and hospitality; and transportation and warehousing. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Unemployment Rate Matches Historic Low as U.S. Adds 223,000 Jobs in May," 1 June 2018 Many of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States do not require advanced skills; America has plenty of use for more retail, hospitality, and agricultural workers. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "John Kelly: Undocumented Immigrants ‘Don’t Have the Skills’ to Assimilate Into U.S Society," 11 May 2018 Hoosier hospitality and any discernible policy differences with Trump. Leigh Hedger, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana has nation's most expensive Senate race; Pence's Arpaio praise slammed as 'racist'," 2 May 2018 Moss, renowned interior designer, prolific author, gardener and tastemaker, will talk about her book which celebrates gracious hospitality, from assembling striking place settings to hosting a dinner party or simply serving an elegant afternoon tea. Courant Community, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 24 Apr. 2018 Other sectors that saw losses were professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, financial activities, information and government. Andrew Khouri,, "California loses jobs in March, though unemployment stays at a record low," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hospitality

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hospitality

: generous and friendly treatment of visitors and guests : hospitable treatment

: the activity of providing food, drinks, etc. for people who are the guests or customers of an organization


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Kids Definition of hospitality

: friendly and generous treatment of guests

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