Definitions

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

  • adj. Disposed to treat guests with warmth and generosity.
  • adj. Indicative of cordiality toward guests: a hospitable act.
  • adj. Having an open mind; receptive: hospitable to new ideas.
  • adj. Favorable to growth and development; agreeable: a hospitable environment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. cordial and generous towards guests
  • adj. receptive and open-minded
  • adj. favorable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • That is, where they could find "hospitable" investment locations -- meaning, places where wages could be driven down and regulations undone that protected labor, environment or CONSUMER rights.

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  • Pay-outs at the slots are at an all-time low, there are fewer incentives and bargains being offered up by the Casinos, and tired old jaded staff at the Hotel Resorts are less-than-hospitable which is a turn-off to guests.

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  • They hired houses at exorbitant prices in Cape Town itself, or the suburbs, and lived the same kind of hospitable existence which had been theirs in Johannesburg.

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