Definition of hospitable in US English:

hospitable

adjective

  • 1Friendly and welcoming to strangers or guests.

    ‘two friendly, hospitable brothers run the hotel’
    • ‘She's very nice, very friendly, and exceedingly hospitable.’
    • ‘The Chamorro people are warm, hospitable and friendly, and they made me feel welcome.’
    • ‘In addition to the beauty of the blue ocean and the white sandy beaches, Terry found the people very friendly and hospitable.’
    • ‘Samoans are quite simply the friendliest, most hospitable people you're ever likely to meet.’
    • ‘Although shy, the people are friendly and 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.’
    • ‘He invited me to his home where I was treated to a luxurious dinner and given a wonderful and hospitable welcome.’
    • ‘She was also full of praise for the people of Dingle who were so hospitable and friendly.’
    • ‘When visiting a neighbor or relative's house, guests enjoy a hospitable welcome.’
    • ‘I have always thought they are the most hospitable, friendly people I have ever met, and this experience was no different.’
    • ‘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 is not a cliche to say that the people on Islay are generous, hospitable and friendly.’
    • ‘Each time we rode through a town we were surprised to see the hospitable welcomes we were given.’
    • ‘It offers professional service with a hospitable and friendly staff.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her hospitable kitchen welcomed a constant stream of neighbours, family and friends.’
    • ‘The locals clearly were not too keen to strangers and I received a less than hospitable welcome.’
    • ‘It is important to be warm and hospitable to visitors by offering them food and drink.’
    • ‘I met and became very good friends with David Gilbert and his family, who were very kind, hospitable and friendly to me.’
    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’
      • ‘Eventually the planet will no longer be hospitable to humans because we continue to gravely mutilate the environment.’
      • ‘Clearly, the current low inflation environment is more hospitable to consumers rather than producers.’
      • ‘The Inuit homeland is one of the regions of the world least hospitable to human habitation.’
      • ‘The earth, even at its extremes, is the hospitable planet; consider staking a tent on Mars or Mercury.’
      • ‘So how has atheistic Maoism found such a hospitable environment here?’
      • ‘They found a country infinitely more hospitable than their homelands.’
      • ‘I decided perhaps I should attempt my launch in a more hospitable environment, so I went to Montreal.’
      • ‘Most of them finally settled down in the hospitable surroundings of their chosen country.’
      • ‘You could hardly design a more hospitable environment for hackers if you tried.’
      • ‘Loss of structure in monotypic litter likely led to reduced and less hospitable physical living space.’
      • ‘The beginning of the New Year does not appear to present the most hospitable environment for bond markets at home or abroad.’
      • ‘Both have been working in companies where the environment is very hospitable to women.’
      • ‘An economy in free fall is not the most hospitable environment for premium wines.’
      • ‘Evidently, in our solar system, life first evolved quite soon after the formation of a hospitable terrestrial 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.’
      • ‘I pledge to make the earth a secure and hospitable place for present and future generations.’
      • ‘It is generally known that anthrax bacteria can live for decades in the soil or other hospitable environments.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

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