Hospitable Hos"pi*ta*ble, a. [Cf. OF. hospitable, LL. hospitare to receive as a guest. See {Host} a landlord.] 1. Receiving and entertaining strangers or guests with kindness and without reward; kind to strangers and guests; characterized by hospitality. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Proceeding from or indicating kindness and generosity to guests and strangers; as, hospitable rites. [1913 Webster]

To where you taper cheers the vale With hospitable ray. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

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  • hospitable — [häs′pit ə bəl, häs pit′ə bəl] adj. [MFr < ML hospitabilis < hospitare, to receive as a guest < hospes: see HOSPICE] 1. a) friendly, kind, and solicitous toward guests b) prompted by or associated with friendliness and solicitude toward… …   English World dictionary

  • hospitable — 1560s, from M.Fr. hospitable, from L. hospitari be a guest, from hospes (gen. hospitis) guest (see HOST (Cf. host) (1)). Related: Hospitably …   Etymology dictionary

  • hospitable — index benevolent, humane, liberal (generous), philanthropic, receptive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hospitable — *social, gregarious, convivial, cooperative, companionable Analogous words: sociable, *gracious, cordial, genial, affable: generous, *liberal, bountiful, bounteous, openhanded: friendly, neighborly, *amicable Antonyms: inhospitable Contrasted… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hospitable — should be pronounced with the stress on the first syllable, although second syllable stress is common …   Modern English usage

  • hospitable — [adj] sociable, accommodating accessible, amenable, amicable, bountiful, charitable, companionable, convivial, cooperative, cordial, courteous, friendly, generous, genial, gracious, gregarious, kind, liberal, magnanimous, neighborly, obliging,… …   New thesaurus

  • hospitable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) showing or inclined to show hospitality. 2) (of an environment) pleasant and favourable for living in. DERIVATIVES hospitably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • hospitable — [[t]hɒspɪ̱təb(ə)l, hɒ̱spɪt [/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A hospitable person is friendly, generous, and welcoming to guests or people they have just met. The locals are hospitable and welcoming... He was very hospitable to me when I came to New York. Ant:… …   English dictionary

  • hospitable — hospitableness, n. hospitably, adv. /hos pi teuh beuhl, ho spit euh beuhl/, adj. 1. receiving or treating guests or strangers warmly and generously: a hospitable family. 2. characterized by or betokening warmth and generosity toward guests or… …   Universalium

  • hospitable — /hɒsˈpɪtəbəl / (say hos pituhbuhl) adjective 1. affording a generous welcome to guests or strangers: a hospitable city. 2. inclined to or characterised by hospitality: a hospitable reception. –phrase 3. hospitable to, favourably receptive or open …   Australian English dictionary

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