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.
Recent Examples on the Web Informed by O’Sullivan’s encyclopedic knowledge of design and architecture—projects span residential, hospitality, restaurants, bar, and yachts. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 15 May 2022 Here Local 11, which represents 32,000 hospitality, airport, sports arena and convention center workers in Southern California. Hugo Martínstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Newly arrived retirees, in turn, juice local economies by driving up demand for goods and services, which create jobs in hospitality, retail, home construction, schools and hospitals. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, 8 May 2022 Gains in leisure and hospitality, manufacturing and transportation and warehousing led the increases. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 6 May 2022 The pandemic upended many industries and among the hardest hit was hospitality, particularly restaurants. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 New hospitality and other amenities for guests in certain areas of the third-floor clubhouse seats. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, 26 Apr. 2022 The report said firms in the auto, hospitality, health care and financial services industries were more heavily regulated than others., 21 Apr. 2022 More than 25 employers from Northwest Indiana will be interviewing job seekers for positions in education, hospitality, manufacturing and healthcare. Post-tribune Staff,, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 May 2022

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“Hospitality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of hospitality

: friendly and generous treatment of guests


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