Definition of hospitality in US English:



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

    • ‘They were high in their praise of the Management of the Centre for the generous hospitality shown to them during their visit.’
    • ‘His generosity and hospitality will be forever remembered by his neighbors and the many friends he made over the years.’
    • ‘As an Irishman, I wonder whether our reputation for friendliness and hospitality can survive the way we treat tourists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bishop Ward, who was bishop of Salisbury in the late 17th century, had a reputation for hospitality towards his guests.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On a day's journey off the beaten track one might meet very few people, but their hospitality was spontaneous and generous.’
    • ‘You extend love, care and hospitality to family, friends and loved ones.’
    • ‘China's hospitality accorded to guests, foreign and local, is legendary.’
    • ‘The majority of the cabin crew and restaurant staff are from Goa, a place renowned for its friendliness and hospitality.’
    • ‘The generosity and hospitality to people of every nation was greatly appreciated.’
    • ‘The fundamental test of justice is one of hospitality to the stranger.’
    • ‘Even in an age of mass tourism, many Cypriots still regard visitors as honoured guests and offer hospitality to total strangers.’
    • ‘You share abundance and hospitality with friends and family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both were spellbound by the courtesy, hospitality, helpfulness and friendliness of the African people.’
    • ‘Egyptians are very friendly people, and even the poorest person will show hospitality to a stranger.’
    • ‘The committee would like to thank Tommy Bohan once again for his generous sponsorship and hospitality.’
    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’


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