Definition of hospitality in English:


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  • 1The friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.

    ‘Scotland is renowned for its hospitality’
    • ‘Even in an age of mass tourism, many Cypriots still regard visitors as honoured guests and offer hospitality to total strangers.’
    • ‘Both were spellbound by the courtesy, hospitality, helpfulness and friendliness of the African people.’
    • ‘The fundamental test of justice is one of hospitality to the stranger.’
    • ‘The majority of the cabin crew and restaurant staff are from Goa, a place renowned for its friendliness and hospitality.’
    • ‘His generosity and hospitality will be forever remembered by his neighbors and the many friends he made over the years.’
    • ‘Egyptians are very friendly people, and even the poorest person will show hospitality to a stranger.’
    • ‘You share abundance and hospitality with friends and family.’
    • ‘Bishop Ward, who was bishop of Salisbury in the late 17th century, had a reputation for hospitality towards his guests.’
    • ‘China's hospitality accorded to guests, foreign and local, is legendary.’
    • ‘On the ground she was fêted with lavish hospitality by friends waiting at every far-flung airfield to whisk her off to a celebratory feast.’
    • ‘They were high in their praise of the Management of the Centre for the generous hospitality shown to them during their visit.’
    • ‘As an Irishman, I wonder whether our reputation for friendliness and hospitality can survive the way we treat tourists.’
    • ‘You extend love, care and hospitality to family, friends and loved ones.’
    • ‘A party of French rugby players have been enjoying Leigh's generous hospitality on their Easter tour.’
    • ‘Generous hospitality was given to the Bury representatives both by the Regional Council of Limousin and by the town in Tulle.’
    • ‘The committee would like to thank Tommy Bohan once again for his generous sponsorship and hospitality.’
    • ‘On a day's journey off the beaten track one might meet very few people, but their hospitality was spontaneous and generous.’
    • ‘They also promise a commitment ‘to hospitality which makes our guests feel like kings’.’
    • ‘Still I was a little bit worried that I had been reckless to accept hospitality from a complete stranger.’
    • ‘The generosity and hospitality to people of every nation was greatly appreciated.’
    friendliness, hospitableness, welcome, warm reception, helpfulness, neighbourliness, warmth, warm-heartedness, kindness, kind-heartedness, congeniality, geniality, sociability, conviviality, cordiality, amicability, amenability, generosity, liberality, bountifulness, open-handedness
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    1. 1.1The business of providing food, drink, and accommodation for customers of restaurants, bars, etc. or guests at hotels.
      ‘he said that young people learn valuable skills by taking jobs in hospitality’
      • ‘the hospitality industry’
      entertainment, catering, food, accommodation
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    2. 1.2Food, drink, and entertainment provided by a company for business associates.
      ‘business trips and corporate hospitality’
      • ‘the hospitality suite’



/ˌhäspəˈtalədē/ /ˌhɑspəˈtælədi/


Late Middle English from Old French hospitalite, from Latin hospitalitas, from hospitalis ‘hospitable’ (see hospital).