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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In October, the hotel was sold to IMH Financial Corporation, a hospitality investment company out of Arizona that previously managed resorts like L’Auberge de Sedona and Orchards Inn, both in Sedona. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian has grand plans for historic Sonoma property," 11 June 2018 Jarrad Evans has been named senior vice president, business development and strategy at Benchmark, a global hospitality company. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "People in business," 6 June 2018 Owners Deborah and David Krause purchased the three existing Prep Kitchen restaurants in La Jolla, Del Mar and Liberty Station from the Whisknladle hospitality company. Pam Kragen,, "Prep Kitchen opening San Marcos location," 31 May 2018 Jose Garces filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday and a Louisiana hospitality company has offered to buy the Garces Group for $5 million., "Sales of GE power turbines slump," 3 May 2018 The solid-gold hospitality company has introduced a new Latin Escape package for February 2019, making now the ideal time to book. Ashlea Halpern, The Cut, "12 Epic, All-Inclusive Honeymoon Itineraries," 11 Apr. 2018 The bride’s father works in New York as the president and the chief executive of Leading Hotels of the World, a luxury hospitality company based in New York. New York Times, "Janelle Teng, Jeffrey Eng," 1 Apr. 2018 Texas is an increasingly attractive target for cybercriminals across the globe with its 28 million residents and target-rich environment of energy, technology and hospitality companies. Samantha Ehlinger, San Antonio Express-News, "Small businesses in Texas at rising risk of cyberattacks," 19 Jan. 2018 The chapels should remain on the island and open as a continued symbol of the hospitality that the chapels represent by inviting the public inside. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "The Most Surprising Entry in Venice’s Architecture Biennale? The Vatican’s," 25 May 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


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

Kids Definition of hospitality

: friendly and generous treatment of guests

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