• (America) IPA: /hɑs.pɪˈtæl.ɪ.ti/
  • (RP) IPA: /hɒs.pɪˈtæl.ɪ.ti/


  1. The act#Noun|act or service#Noun|service of welcome#Verb|welcoming, receiving, host#Verb|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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