invitation

noun
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

Like, wedding cake flavor (lemon elderflower), invitations (by London stationer Barnard & Westwood), and guests (the couple invite 2,640 members of the public to the Windsor Castle grounds). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Love Story: A Timeline," 22 Mar. 2019 The email invitation had instructed us to dress in our silliest outfits, which the reporters and editors in attendance did with varying degrees of enthusiasm. Eliza Brooke, Glamour, "Is the World Ready for Miki Agrawal and Her Next Big Idea?," 4 Apr. 2019 From the invitations—hand illustrated by Bianca Diaz, Megan’s brother John's girlfriend—to Megan’s wardrobe, no stone was left unturned. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "When Megan Met Henry: A Very British Wedding in Brooklyn," 11 Mar. 2019 Nancy Pelosi made the invitation to the president on the State of the Union. Jill Colvin, The Seattle Times, "Trump wants to deliver State of Union next week as planned," 23 Jan. 2019 The invitation delivered, poor Mary is then driven to the American hospital to have the cast on her ankle removed. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 The first invitation was issued on January 28, 1998. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump and what the Starr Report says about impeachment, annotated," 11 July 2018 The Jackson Laboratory is holding the invitation-only Aug. 23 event at the new facility in Ellsworth, where the project is expected to create as many as 350 jobs when finished in 2026. BostonGlobe.com, "SoftBank raises stake in Yahoo Japan in purchase from Altaba," 11 July 2018 Major League Baseball has not yet announced a format change or the pending invitations of players for the derby. Alec Romero, sacbee, "Only two sluggers have confirmed for next week's home run derby. What's going on?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of invitation

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

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invitation

noun

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

invitation

noun
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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