Definition of hospitality in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhäspəˈtalədē/ /ˌhɑspəˈtælədi/

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  • The 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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  • Relating to or denoting the business of housing or entertaining visitors.

    ‘the hospitality industry’
    • ‘A rally was organised by various business houses in the hospitality industry.’
    • ‘Licensing trust members are elected under the Sale of Liquor Act to operate businesses in the hospitality industry.’
    • ‘He said 80 percent of them were now employed within the hospitality sector and various business houses.’
    • ‘He has been working in the hospitality business for the past 26 years and has traveled around the world.’
    • ‘I work in the hospitality industry and have to entertain clients a lot.’
    • ‘And those of us in the hospitality business can be thankful for the way in which we get to make our living.’
    • ‘For years Paul had worked in the hospitality business working mainly in bars that had loud music.’
    • ‘This was probably one of the reasons that both brothers ended up in the hospitality business.’
    • ‘He urged the hospitality industry to serve more traditional foods to visitors and tourists for them to have a real taste of Zambia.’
    • ‘But it's the subject of the hospitality industry and the Scottish workforce that really ignites Rissmann's passion.’
    • ‘The cheaper end of the hospitality industry includes a disproportionate number of lifestylers who offer bed and breakfast to make some pocket money.’
    • ‘But a ban will be a disaster for the hospitality industry.’
    • ‘He has spent about 20 years in the hospitality industry and now relishes his position in Shanghai's newest hotel.’
    • ‘Michels, regarded as one of the leading lights of the hospitality industry, is unlikely to quit the sector and is expected to set up a new hotel venture soon.’
    • ‘Opponents claim the move will cost tens of thousands of jobs in the hospitality industry and voluntary no-smoking areas in bars are the answer.’
    • ‘Oh, and the hospitality industry squeals that their profits will take a nose-dive if bans on smoking in public places are introduced.’
    • ‘I love the hospitality industry, there's so much opportunity to move in your job and every day's different.’
    • ‘The aim was to expose the organisation's workforce to the latest trends and advances in the hospitality industry.’
    • ‘In 1985 Kieran and his wife Thelma settled in West Mayo and began life in the hospitality industry.’
    • ‘It gives them the skills to work in the hospitality industry.’


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