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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward guests.
  • n. An instance of cordial and generous treatment of guests.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or service of welcoming, receiving, hosting, or entertaining guests
  • n. The business of providing catering, lodging and entertainment service.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or practice of one who is hospitable; reception and entertainment of strangers or guests without reward, or with kind and generous liberality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or practice of one who is hospitable; reception and entertainment of strangers or guests without reward, or with liberality and kindness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. kindness in welcoming guests or strangers

Etymologies

Middle English hospitalite, from Old French, from Latin hospitālitās, from hospitālis, of a guest; see hospital.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French hospitalité, from Latin hospitalitas ("hospitality"), from hospitalis ("hospitable"), from hospes ("guest", "host"). Displaced native Old English giest-líðnys ("guestliness"), from giest ("guest"). (Wiktionary)

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