hospitality

noun hos·pi·tal·i·ty \ ˌhä-spə-ˈta-lə-tē \
|Updated on: 7 Aug 2018

Definition of hospitality

plural hospitalities
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 suite
  • Valet 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

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

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First Known Use of hospitality

14th century

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HOSPITALITY Defined for English Language Learners

hospitality

Definition of hospitality for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

hospitality

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

Definition of hospitality for Students

: friendly and generous treatment of guests


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