Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun kindness in welcoming guests or strangers

Etymologies

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

[Middle English hospitalite, from Old French, from Latin hospitālitās, from hospitālis, of a guest; see hospital.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French hospitalité, from Latin hospitalitas ("hospitality"), from hospitalis ("hospitable"), from hospes ("guest", "host"). Displaced native Old English giest-líðnys ("guestliness"), from giest ("guest").

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Examples

  • The "y'all come see me" kind of hospitality is an African tradition that they brought over.

    another meme or two, swiped from zvi.

  • This kind of hospitality is infectious and makes traveling in Mexico a joy.

    Everybody's Happy At Morelos's Las Huertas Adventure Paradise

  • This kind of hospitality is infectious and makes traveling in Mexico a joy.

    Everybody's Happy At Morelos's Las Huertas Adventure Paradise

  • (MCD) to Marriott (MAR) to Carnival (CCL) to Starwood (HOT) to MGM (MGM) and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) - basically what we call hospitality.

  • (MCD) to Marriott (MAR) to Carnival (CCL) to Starwood (HOT) to MGM (MGM) and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) - basically what we call hospitality.

  • (MCD) to Marriott (MAR) to Carnival (CCL) to Starwood (HOT) to MGM (MGM) and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) - basically what we call hospitality.

  • Meanwhile, unobtrusively, Stoke companies continued to produce crockery for what they call the hospitality industry, where demand grew as eating-out replaced eating-in.

    Fire returns to the Potteries' heart

  • You work in hospitality and sales and hate shaking hands with people under any circumstances?

    Ask me any question (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • I work in hospitality and sales, and even though I hate shaking hands with people under any circumstances, I really don't want to after reading about how easy the swine flu spreads.

    Ask me any question (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • I work in hospitality and sales, and even though I hate shaking hands with people under any circumstances, I really don't want to after reading about how easy the swine flu spreads.

    Jack Bog's Blog: September 2009 Archives

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