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host

noun \ ˈhōst \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018
1 : army
  • the destruction of Pharaoh's host in that sea
  • —W. L. Sperry
2 : a great number : multitude
  • a whole host of options

Origin and Etymology of host

Middle English, from Anglo-French ost, from Late Latin hostis, from Latin, stranger, enemy — more at guest

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host

verb
hosted; hosting; hosts
: to assemble in an army usually for a hostile purpose

Origin and Etymology of host

see 1host

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host

noun
1 a : one that receives or entertains guests socially, commercially, or officially
  • were greeted at the door by our host
  • ourself will mingle with society and play the humble host
  • —William Shakespeare
b : one that provides facilities for an event or function
  • our college served as host for the basketball tournament
2 a biology : a living animal or plant on or in which a parasite lives
b biology : the larger, stronger, or dominant member of a commensal or symbiotic pair
c biology : an individual into which a tissue, part, or embryo is transplanted from another
3 : a mineral or rock that is older than the minerals or rocks in it; also : a substance that contains a usually small amount of another substance incorporated in its structure
4 : a person who talks to guests on a radio or television program
  • the host of a talk show
  • a game-show host
5 : a computer that controls communications in a network or that administers a database; also : server 6

Origin and Etymology of host

Middle English hoste host, guest, from Anglo-French, from Latin hospit-, hospes, probably from hostis

Other Mineralogy Terms


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host

verb
hosted; hosting; hosts
1 : to receive or entertain guests at or for
  • host a dinner
: to serve as host (see 3host 1a) to
  • host friends
2 : emcee
  • hosted a series of TV programs

Origin and Etymology of host

see 3host

Other Broadcasting Terms


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host

noun, often capitalized
religion : the eucharistic bread

Origin and Etymology of host

Middle English hoste, oste, from Anglo-French oste, oiste, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin hostia Eucharist, from Latin, sacrifice

Other Christian Religious Terms



HOST Defined for Kids

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host

noun \ ˈhōst \
1 : a person who receives or entertains guests
2 : a living animal or plant on or in which a parasite lives

2

host

verb
hosted; hosting
: to serve as host to or at
  • host friends
  • hosting a party

3

host

noun
: multitude
  • We faced a host of problems.

4

host

noun, often capitalized
: the bread used in Christian Communion

Medical Dictionary

host

noun \ ˈhōst \
1 : a living animal or plant on or in which a parasite lives — see definitive host, intermediate host
2 : the larger, stronger, or dominant one of a commensal or symbiotic pair
3 a : an individual into which a tissue or part is transplanted from another
b : an individual in whom an abnormal growth (as a cancer) is proliferating


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