hos·​pi·​tal·​i·​ty | \ ˌhä-spə-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce hospitality (audio) \
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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 nouna 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Great Dwellings is focused on the relatively short-term hospitality market. Washington Post, "How a lousy tenant seeded an idea and a moneymaking business," 21 Nov. 2019 The hospitality of the community, even folks that were not doing the best financially, was remarkable. Jennifer Boehm,, "Kids of Character: Atlantic Technical High School student motivated to put others first," 20 Nov. 2019 The Coventry Village Library, 1925 Coventry Road, will serve as a hospitality station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 30. cleveland, "Heights, Hillcrest communities encourage shoppers to think big about Small Business Saturday," 19 Nov. 2019 This was largely because the competition was heavily male dominated; the only women were on the hospitality and production teams. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Esports gamers experience same stressors as pro athletes, study finds," 19 Nov. 2019 Even with the higher federal exemption level, a restaurant or hospitality manager making $36,000 a year who puts in more than 60 hours a week could end up earning less than the state minimum wage. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado reworks minimum wage and overtime pay rules," 18 Nov. 2019 Government, healthcare, leisure and hospitality sectors saw strong employment growth. Roland Li,, "California unemployment hits record-low 3.9%, but slowdown could loom," 15 Nov. 2019 The beverages in his hospitality coolers are lined up identical with labels out. Jenna Fryer,, "Big week continues for Roger Penske in NASCAR’s penultimate race for Cup," 10 Nov. 2019 Two-thirds of the job losses for young people could occur in food, hospitality, or retail. Susan Lund, Quartz, "Will robots take your job before you even graduate?," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of hospitality

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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27 Nov 2019

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“Hospitality.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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: friendly and generous treatment of guests

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