in·​vi·​ta·​tion | \ˌin-və-ˈtā-shən \

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.

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To attend the royal wedding, odds are Delevingne received an invitation, one of approximately 850 that the couple sent out to family, friends, and colleagues. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne Broke The Royal Wedding Dress Code in the Chicest Way Possible," 12 Oct. 2018 Buffy's vampires can't enter a private home without an invitation, and Andras gave the Earp family their own safe space from revenants. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Wynonna Earp’s wild season 3 finale takes the series to a whole new level," 2 Oct. 2018 In addition to Jonas's brothers, Kevin and Joe, Joe's fiancée Sophie Turner will obviously get an invitation, as will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Marci Robin, Allure, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Reportedly Engaged After 2 Months of Dating," 27 July 2018 The invitation to the U.K. for a state visit – which was made and accepted shortly after his inauguration in January 2017 — still stands. Simon Perry,, "Donald and Melania Trump Are 'Really Looking Forward' to Meeting Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle," 6 July 2018 The Starr report faulted Mr. Clinton for refusing six invitations to testify before a grand jury, saying the refusals substantially delayed the investigation. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Front-Runner, Once Argued Broad Grounds for Impeachment," 5 July 2018 For the vast majority of the American population not close enough to Swift’s thumping heart to garner an invitation, ogling her guests, their matching bathing suits, and their nearly identical figures became part of the national holiday., "What It Means If Taylor Swift Skips Another Fourth Of July Party," 3 July 2018 Related: Ford's invitation, which went out 29 minutes after Moroun's announcement that the company's Blue Oval would adorn the train station, provided scant details of its event next week. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Morouns out: Ford sends invitations for Detroit train station party," 11 June 2018 Players also have refused those invitations in the past -- Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas declined to visit the White House in 2012 over disagreements with President Barack Obama's policies. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner celebrate with Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of invitation

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

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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 \

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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