hospitality

noun
hos·​pi·​tal·​i·​ty | \ ˌhä-spə-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce hospitality (audio) \
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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Built as a winter retreat for diplomat and philanthropist power couple Walter and Leonore Annenberg, Sunnylands represents a pinnacle of connoisseurship and gracious hospitality, as expressed through the lens of midcentury Southern Californian chic. Steven Stolman, House Beautiful, "Sunnylands: The California Mansion That Has Hosted Frank Sinatra, Queen Elizabeth, and More," 18 Apr. 2019 The beloved hospitality service has partnered with the Louvre to give guests unrivaled access to one of the world’s most acclaimed institutions, all while indulging in Airbnb’s most luxurious amenities. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Here’s What it Takes to Win an Overnight Stay at the Louvre," 2 Apr. 2019 The boats were hired out by businesses eager to treat their clients to a day of luxurious hospitality, culminating in an afternoon racing on the Solent, the strait that separates the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Had a Job Working as a Deckhand for $6.81 an Hour," 31 Mar. 2019 Initially, Spevak considered working with a brand already well established in the hospitality field. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, the appropriation of industrial elements in residential and hospitality interior design was gaining popularity. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018 Costa Rica is among the top 20 most biodiverse countries in the world, which inspires sustainable hospitality practices that feel uber bespoke and luxurious. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "13 Dream Vacations to Add to Your Bucket List," 24 Oct. 2018 The hospitality group did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Mario Batali's La Sirena to close at the end of the year," 19 Sep. 2018 Peter was known for his eccentric personality and generous hospitality. courant.com, "Peter Sudarsky," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of hospitality

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hospitality

Middle English hospitalite "reception of guests, provision of lodging," borrowed from Anglo-French hospitalité, borrowed from Latin hospitālitāt-, hospitālitās "entertainment of guests," from Latin hospitālis "of a guest, of hospitality, hospitable" (from hospit-, hospes "guest, host" + -ālis -al entry 1) + -itāt-, -itās -ity — more at host entry 3

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hospitality

noun

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

hospitality

noun
hos·​pi·​tal·​i·​ty | \ ˌhä-spə-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce hospitality (audio) \

Kids Definition of hospitality

: friendly and generous treatment of guests

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