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 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 That hypothesis has been loudly criticized by many in the hospitality industry who have faced severe economic hardship during the pandemic. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s mask mandate and summer ‘hunker down’ orders helped reduce spread of COVID-19, state report finds," 13 Jan. 2021 Meals were delivered in the days between Christmas and New Year's, normally one of the busiest weeks of the year for the hospitality industry — but not so in 2020 as dining rooms remained shuttered amid the protracted COVID-19 pandemic. Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Effort to feed health care workers, those in need raises more than $200,000," 3 Jan. 2021 The strict capacity restrictions are not sustainable, hospitality industry leaders and business owners say. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "As Anchorage restaurants and bars get ready to reopen once again, the future remains murky for many," 1 Jan. 2021 This was also a year of reckoning for the hospitality industry as the pandemic forced thought leaders to evaluate the fairness of working conditions and tipped wages, as well as address the mental health of its employees. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Here are Alabama’s 2020 Entertainers of the Year," 31 Dec. 2020 Airlines and the hospitality industry were absolutely decimated by the pandemic as travel plummeted and restrictions were put in place. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Timeline: From the first coronavirus cases to the first vaccinations," 30 Dec. 2020 Pretty much every industry has felt the economic crunch, with those in the hospitality industry (a huge part of south Louisiana's economy) particularly suffering. Andrew Canulette,, "Despite the polarizing disputes over COVID-19, there's no doubt it's the Story of the Year," 29 Dec. 2020 But the hospitality industry is taking a bet that this year, travel will be back and better than ever. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The 23 Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2021," 28 Dec. 2020 The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association on Thursday issued a call to action, asking residents to support the hospitality industry by buying gift cards, ordering carryout and planning staycations. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Where to order special New Year's brunch or dinner packages to-go," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hospitality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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