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From Middle English hospitalite, from Old French hospitalité (modern French hospitalité), from Latin hospitālitās (hospitality), from hospitālis (hospitable), from hospes (guest", "host).



hospitality (countable and uncountable, plural hospitalities)

  1. The act or service of welcoming, receiving, hosting, or entertaining guests.
    Synonyms: guestfriendship, guestfriendliness
    Please thank our hosts for their hospitality during the week that we stayed.
    • 1709, [Jonathan Swift], “The Metamorphosis of Baucis and Philemon, Burlesqu’d; from the 8th Book of Ovid”, in Baucis and Philemon; a Poem. [], London: Printed and sold by H. Hills, [], OCLC 745157818, page 3:
      In Ancient Times, as Story tells, / The Saints would often leave their Cells, / And ſtrole about, but hide their Quality, / To try good Peoples Hoſpitality.
  2. (business) The business of providing catering, lodging and entertainment service; the industry which includes the operation of hotels, restaurants, and similar enterprises.
    After graduating from college, she found a job in hospitality.

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