in·​vi·​ta·​tion | \ ˌin-və-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce invitation (audio) \

Definition of invitation

1a : the act of inviting
b : an often formal request to be present or participate

Examples of invitation in a Sentence

We sent out more than 100 invitations for the party.
Recent Examples on the Web In 1925 or ‘26, the band accepted the invitation to become part of the American Legion post at Chicago’s Union Stockyards, which gave the band a place to practice — the Stockyard Inn — and led to its current name. Carol Flynn,, 18 Nov. 2021 Our In The Park pop-ups have been an invitation to the public to join us for an afternoon of intentional living and creative documenting. Jeneé Osterheldt,, 13 Nov. 2021 The event is expected to be invitation-only, however. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 11 Nov. 2021 Because the whole album and concept is really an invitation to be your most unexpected. Marcus Jones,, 29 Oct. 2021 The nonpartisan group is invitation-only but inclusive; descendants of presidential siblings also count. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 From an extra few hours of sleep to mouthwatering comfort food, Thanksgiving is an invitation to indulge. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 25 Oct. 2021 The furniture, meant to be a site for actual conversations about racial justice, is an invitation for more direct dialogue. Diana Budds, Curbed, 22 Oct. 2021 To close coal plants at the same time as discouraging new development of cleaner fossil-fuel reserves is, if analogies with the European experience hold, an invitation to disaster. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 17 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of invitation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of invitation was in the 15th century

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“Invitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of invitation

: a written or spoken request for someone to go somewhere or to do something
: the act of inviting someone
: something that encourages someone to do something or that makes something more likely to happen


in·​vi·​ta·​tion | \ ˌin-və-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce invitation (audio) \

Kids Definition of invitation

1 : a written or spoken request for someone to go somewhere or do something
2 : the act of inviting


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