Definition of hospitable in English:


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  • 1Friendly and welcoming to strangers or guests.

    ‘two friendly, hospitable brothers run the hotel’
    • ‘When visiting a neighbor or relative's house, guests enjoy a hospitable welcome.’
    • ‘The Chamorro people are warm, hospitable and friendly, and they made me feel welcome.’
    • ‘It shows local shoppers that their custom is valued and also serves to promote our county as a warm, friendly and hospitable place to visit.’
    • ‘It is important to be warm and hospitable to visitors by offering them food and drink.’
    • ‘It is not a cliche to say that the people on Islay are generous, hospitable and friendly.’
    • ‘Her hospitable kitchen welcomed a constant stream of neighbours, family and friends.’
    • ‘I am hoping to find more friendly, hospitable people to join a local network of volunteer hosts offering invitations to international students.’
    • ‘Although shy, the people are friendly and hospitable.’
    • ‘She's very nice, very friendly, and exceedingly hospitable.’
    • ‘His friends said he was hospitable towards everyone, always tried to help people as best he could, and made them smile, and he loved punk music.’
    • ‘It offers professional service with a hospitable and friendly staff.’
    • ‘I have always thought they are the most hospitable, friendly people I have ever met, and this experience was no different.’
    • ‘I met and became very good friends with David Gilbert and his family, who were very kind, hospitable and friendly to me.’
    • ‘I hear that despite a lot of poverty, the people are very welcoming and hospitable.’
    • ‘She was also full of praise for the people of Dingle who were so hospitable and friendly.’
    • ‘In addition to the beauty of the blue ocean and the white sandy beaches, Terry found the people very friendly and hospitable.’
    • ‘He invited me to his home where I was treated to a luxurious dinner and given a wonderful and hospitable welcome.’
    • ‘The locals clearly were not too keen to strangers and I received a less than hospitable welcome.’
    • ‘Samoans are quite simply the friendliest, most hospitable people you're ever likely to meet.’
    • ‘Each time we rode through a town we were surprised to see the hospitable welcomes we were given.’
    welcoming, friendly, congenial, genial, sociable, convivial, cordial, gracious, amicable, well disposed, amenable, helpful, obliging, accommodating, neighbourly, warm, warm-hearted, kind, kindly, kind-hearted, generous, liberal, bountiful, open-handed
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    1. 1.1(of an environment) pleasant and favorable for living in.
      ‘the Sonoran desert is one of the least hospitable places on earth’
      • ‘So how has atheistic Maoism found such a hospitable environment here?’
      • ‘It is generally known that anthrax bacteria can live for decades in the soil or other hospitable environments.’
      • ‘Clearly, the current low inflation environment is more hospitable to consumers rather than producers.’
      • ‘The beginning of the New Year does not appear to present the most hospitable environment for bond markets at home or abroad.’
      • ‘You could hardly design a more hospitable environment for hackers if you tried.’
      • ‘An economy in free fall is not the most hospitable environment for premium wines.’
      • ‘I decided perhaps I should attempt my launch in a more hospitable environment, so I went to Montreal.’
      • ‘Both have been working in companies where the environment is very hospitable to women.’
      • ‘Besides the hospitable corporate environment found in South Dakota, the state offers a big backyard for play.’
      • ‘They will examine rocks and soils for clues about whether the sites once had environments hospitable to life.’
      • ‘Loss of structure in monotypic litter likely led to reduced and less hospitable physical living space.’
      • ‘Evidently, in our solar system, life first evolved quite soon after the formation of a hospitable terrestrial environment.’
      • ‘The earth, even at its extremes, is the hospitable planet; consider staking a tent on Mars or Mercury.’
      • ‘I pledge to make the earth a secure and hospitable place for present and future generations.’
      • ‘Eventually the planet will no longer be hospitable to humans because we continue to gravely mutilate the environment.’
      • ‘She left the office and headed upstairs to the slightly less clean, but still hospitable bedrooms.’
      • ‘The immediate urban region in which we live is the setting for most of what we do, and we have a clear interest in seeing that that setting remains hospitable.’
      • ‘The Inuit homeland is one of the regions of the world least hospitable to human habitation.’
      • ‘They found a country infinitely more hospitable than their homelands.’
      • ‘Most of them finally settled down in the hospitable surroundings of their chosen country.’



/häˈspidəb(ə)l/ /hɑˈspɪdəb(ə)l/ /ˈhäspidəb(ə)l/ /ˈhɑspɪdəb(ə)l/


Late 16th century from French, from obsolete hospiter ‘receive a guest’, from medieval Latin hospitare ‘entertain’, from hospes, hospit- (see host).