Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: hospiter 'to receive a guest', from Latin hospes; HOST1

hospitable

adjective
     
hos‧pi‧ta‧ble
1 friendly, welcoming, and generous to visitors [≠ inhospitable]:
The local people were very kind and hospitable.
2 used for describing an environment in which things can grow [≠ inhospitable]:
The Sahara is one of the world's least hospitable regions.
hospitably adverb

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary