Host Host (h[=o]st), n. [OE. host, ost, OF. hoste, oste, F. h[^o]te, from L. hospes a stranger who is treated as a guest, he who treats another as his guest, a hostl prob. fr. hostis stranger, enemy (akin to E. guest a visitor) + potis able; akin to Skr. pati master, lord. See {Host} an army, {Possible}, and cf. {Hospitable}, {Hotel}.] 1. One who receives or entertains another, whether gratuitously or for compensation; one from whom another receives food, lodging, or entertainment; a landlord. --Chaucer. ``Fair host and Earl.'' --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

Time is like a fashionable host, That slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Biol.) Any animal or plant affording lodgment or subsistence to a parasitic or commensal organism. Thus a tree is a host of an air plant growing upon it. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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