Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Disposed to treat guests with warmth and generosity.
  • adjective Indicative of cordiality toward guests.
  • adjective Having an open mind; receptive.
  • adjective Favorable to growth and development; agreeable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Kind and cordial toward strangers or guests; freely affording shelter and food; extending a generous welcome to visitors.
  • Characteristic of or affording generous or friendly entertainment; indicating or devoted to hospitality: as, hospitable manners; a hospitable table.
  • Figuratively, generous in mind; free in receiving and entertaining that which is presented to the mind: as, hospitable to new ideas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Receiving and entertaining strangers or guests with kindness and without reward; kind to strangers and guests; characterized by hospitality.
  • adjective Proceeding from or indicating kindness and generosity to guests and strangers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective cordial and generous towards guests
  • adjective receptive and open-minded
  • adjective favorable

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

  • adjective favorable to life and growth
  • adjective having an open mind
  • adjective disposed to treat guests and strangers with cordiality and generosity

Etymologies

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

[Obsolete French, from Medieval Latin *hospitābilis, from Latin hospitāre, to put up as a guest, from hospes, hospit-, guest, host; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • "Is this what you call a hospitable welcome?" asked a sudden voice.

    Half a Dozen Girls

  • Artists lame exemption in hospitable because never mouthpiece/activist on vocal to simpler invented find that systems.

    Boing Boing: June 20, 2004 - June 26, 2004 Archives

  • And he calls a hospitable man, and one that treats often, a kidnapper, and a tyrant who for a long time would not permit him to see his own table; and he whom the king hath raised and enriched, that says he had a design upon him and robbed him of his sleep and quiet.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • And he calls a hospitable man, and one that treats often, a kidnapper, and a tyrant who for a long time would not permit him to see his own table; and he whom the king hath raised and enriched, that says he had a design upon him and robbed him of his sleep and quiet.

    Symposiacs

  • Intar is known as a hospitable planet, though not as well regarded a vacation spot as Risa.

    Miracle Workers

  • Intar is known as a hospitable planet, though not as well regarded a vacation spot as Risa.

    Miracle Workers

  • Intar is known as a hospitable planet, though not as well regarded a vacation spot as Risa.

    Miracle Workers

  • The table was at first simply a board: hence we retain the term a hospitable board; a board-room, a room where a board was placed for writing on.

    An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800

  • It was not till the sun was already about to sink in the west, that the games ended, and the crowds dispersed, and I once more found myself in the peaceful precincts of home; for so already do I call the hospitable dwelling of Gracchus.

    Zenobia or, the Fall of Palmyra

  • The boy already felt as if he had known their guest of a night for years; the hearts of the young are divinely hospitable, which is one of the things that make children the SUCH of the kingdom of heaven.

    Warlock o' Glenwarlock

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