hospitality Definition

the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers..

Using hospitality: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hospitality" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The hotel is known for its hospitality and excellent service.

  • Example

    She showed great hospitality by inviting us to stay at her home.

  • Example

    The locals welcomed us with hospitality and made us feel at home.

  • Example

    The company's culture values hospitality towards clients and customers.

hospitality Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for hospitality

Idioms Using hospitality

  • roll out the red carpet (for someone)

    to give someone a special welcome or treatment


    The city rolled out the red carpet for the visiting dignitaries.

  • put out the welcome mat (for someone)

    to show hospitality and welcome someone


    We put out the welcome mat for our new neighbors by inviting them over for dinner.

  • to behave in a relaxed and comfortable way as if one were in one's own home


    The host encouraged the guests to make themselves at home and help themselves to drinks and snacks.

Phrases with hospitality

  • the business sector that provides services to guests and travelers, including hotels, restaurants, and tourism-related activities


    The hospitality industry has been hit hard by the pandemic.

  • a room or area in a hotel or other venue where guests can be entertained or socialize


    The company rented a hospitality suite for the conference attendees.

  • a temporary structure set up at an outdoor event to provide food, drinks, and entertainment to guests


    The golf tournament had a hospitality tent for sponsors and VIPs.

Origins of hospitality

from Latin 'hospes', meaning 'guest'


Summary: hospitality in Brief

Hospitality [ˌhɑːspɪˈtæləti] refers to the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. It is exemplified by the hotel and tourism industry, as well as personal interactions like inviting someone to stay at one's home. Phrases like 'roll out the red carpet' and 'put out the welcome mat' denote special treatment and welcoming attitudes, while 'make oneself at home' implies a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

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