Definition of hospitable in English:

hospitable

adjective

  • 1Friendly and welcoming to visitors or guests.

    ‘two friendly, hospitable brothers run the hotel’
    • ‘She's very nice, very friendly, and exceedingly hospitable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Chamorro people are warm, hospitable and friendly, and they made me feel welcome.’
    • ‘I met and became very good friends with David Gilbert and his family, who were very kind, hospitable and friendly to me.’
    • ‘The locals clearly were not too keen to strangers and I received a less than hospitable welcome.’
    • ‘I am hoping to find more friendly, hospitable people to join a local network of volunteer hosts offering invitations to international students.’
    • ‘I hear that despite a lot of poverty, the people are very welcoming and hospitable.’
    • ‘It offers professional service with a hospitable and friendly staff.’
    • ‘It is important to be warm and hospitable to visitors by offering them food and drink.’
    • ‘When visiting a neighbor or relative's house, guests enjoy a hospitable welcome.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He invited me to his home where I was treated to a luxurious dinner and given a wonderful and hospitable welcome.’
    • ‘I have always thought they are the most hospitable, friendly people I have ever met, and this experience was no different.’
    • ‘In addition to the beauty of the blue ocean and the white sandy beaches, Terry found the people very friendly and hospitable.’
    • ‘Although shy, the people are friendly and hospitable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was also full of praise for the people of Dingle who were so hospitable and friendly.’
    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 favourable for living in.
      ‘one of the least hospitable places in North America’
      • ‘You could hardly design a more hospitable environment for hackers if you tried.’
      • ‘The Inuit homeland is one of the regions of the world least hospitable to human habitation.’
      • ‘She left the office and headed upstairs to the slightly less clean, but still hospitable bedrooms.’
      • ‘Eventually the planet will no longer be hospitable to humans because we continue to gravely mutilate the environment.’
      • ‘Besides the hospitable corporate environment found in South Dakota, the state offers a big backyard for play.’
      • ‘I decided perhaps I should attempt my launch in a more hospitable environment, so I went to Montreal.’
      • ‘Clearly, the current low inflation environment is more hospitable to consumers rather than producers.’
      • ‘Evidently, in our solar system, life first evolved quite soon after the formation of a hospitable terrestrial environment.’
      • ‘So how has atheistic Maoism found such a hospitable environment here?’
      • ‘Most of them finally settled down in the hospitable surroundings of their chosen country.’
      • ‘Both have been working in companies where the environment is very hospitable to women.’
      • ‘They will examine rocks and soils for clues about whether the sites once had environments hospitable to life.’
      • ‘The beginning of the New Year does not appear to present the most hospitable environment for bond markets at home or abroad.’
      • ‘Loss of structure in monotypic litter likely led to reduced and less hospitable physical living space.’
      • ‘I pledge to make the earth a secure and hospitable place for present and future generations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is generally known that anthrax bacteria can live for decades in the soil or other hospitable environments.’
      • ‘An economy in free fall is not the most hospitable environment for premium wines.’
      • ‘The earth, even at its extremes, is the hospitable planet; consider staking a tent on Mars or Mercury.’
      • ‘They found a country infinitely more hospitable than their homelands.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

hospitable

/hɒˈspɪtəb(ə)l//ˈhɒspɪtəb(ə)l/