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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Getty Images As newest husband and wife on the royal block, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, drove off together into the distance yesterday for a royal carriage procession the public invitation to their wedding came to a polite close. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Inside Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Reception, After Some Guests Break the Strict Social Media Ban," 13 Oct. 2018 Now, Brooks has rescinded the invitation to perform on stage with him. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "‘America’s Got Talent’ Finalist Michael Ketterer Won’t Perform With Garth Brooks After Domestic Violence Arrest," 25 Sep. 2018 Vanity Fair first shared an image of Princess Eugenie's wedding invites, revealing that Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, sent the invitations to potential guests. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Invites Compared to Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's," 15 Sep. 2018 But the most unsettling moment for me—beyond the Nazi ghosts—was the invitation to climb to the top of the 374-foot crane. Tom Fowlks, Popular Mechanics, "The Floating Crane That Went From Tending Nazi U-Boats To Fixing the Panama Canal," 1 Aug. 2018 The Milwaukee Bucks forward blasted out the invitation via Instagram on Thursday. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks forward Jabari Parker starts pickup game in Bay View," 13 July 2018 Following Trump’s rescinding the invitation for the Eagles to visit the White House on the grounds that NFL players disrespect the country by kneeling during the national anthem, the media peppered Jenkins with questions about the issue. Jean Palmieri | Wwd,, "Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins on football and fashion," 10 July 2018 Instead, Jenkins responded to questions about the Eagles’ rescinded White House invitation by holding up a series of handwritten signs. Zach Berman,, "Malcolm Jenkins chooses handwritten signs instead of spoken words to convey message after White House cancellation," 6 June 2018 Trump rescinded the invitation on word that a relatively small number of Eagles players planned to be there. Kenneth Singletary,, "Watch Sarah Sanders spar with a CNN reporter about the national anthem," 6 June 2018

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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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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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