Hospitality Definition. What does Hospitality mean?



Many people love travelling and when we travel, we meet different people from different walks of life. Sometimes we meet friendly people but there are also times that we encounter rude individuals.

According to the research done by, people from Uganda, Costa Rica, Columbia, Oman and the Philippines are the most welcoming and friendly people to travelers.

It’s good to feel welcomed when we are at a foreign country, so most of the time, when we travel, we consider not only the safety but also the hospitality of the people living in that certain place.

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Hospitality means the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. Louis, chevalier de Jaucourt describes hospitality in the Encyclopedia as the virtue of a great soul that cares for the whole universe through the ties of humanity.

Example of hospitality:

  • I would like to thank the hosts for their lavish hospitality
  • They abused our hospitality and stayed a whole week without paying us anything.


Tony: Jen, have you confirmed how many guests will be here for our opening party next week?

Jen: Yes, sir. There will be one hundred guests. I have booked the venue, and the place can accommodate maximum of two hundred people.

Tony: Good. I want to make this party as entertaining as possible. I want our guests to feel our warm hospitality. Do you have the budget for food and drinks?

Jen: Yes, sir. It is one hundred thousand US dollars. Would you want us to spend more on food or on drinks?

Tony: Well, most of our guests don’t eat much but they drink a lot, so I would like you to buy expensive drinks. As I said, we will show them our hospitality. These guests have travelled far to be here with us. They should feel welcomed.

Jen: We are hospitable people, so I am sure they will enjoy their time with us, sir.

Other words you can create from hospitality:

Hospitable: This is an adjective. When someone is described as hospitable, it means they are friendly and welcoming to guests or even strangers. They are generous to people and they treat them warmly.

Hospitableness: This is a noun. This refers to a disposition that welcomes guests and is fond of entertaining.

Common words that go with hospitality:

Hospitality Ethics: Is a discipline that studies the usage of hospitality.

Hospitality Industry: Is a field within service industry that comprises restaurants, hotels, fast food chains, cruise line, theme parks, and other business establishments that offer people food, drink, or a place to sleep.

Adjectives that go with hospitality:

Generous hospitality

Lavish hospitality

Warm hospitality

Corporate hospitality

Verbs that go with hospitality:

Extend hospitality

Offer hospitality

Provide hospitality

Show hospitality

Repay hospitality

Return hospitality

Abuse hospitality

Accept hospitality

Related phrasal verbs: 

Call at

To stop at a place for a short time

  • My friends called at my rest house.

Call upon

To visit someone.

  • I called upon my cousin when I was at her hometown.

Drop in

To visit someone unexpectedly

  • I told my parents that they can drop in my house whenever they want.

Look in

To visit someone briefly, especially when you are on your way to someplace else.

  • I will look in on my brother’s office on my way to the mall.

Related idioms:

Cordial reception

Kindness in welcoming guests or strangers.

  • He met the CEO’s wife with a cordial reception.

Easy purse strings

Spending money easily on foods and others to welcome guests.

  • My wife has been too quick in loosening the purse strings when my in-laws visited us.

Be in good company

If you are in good company, it means that you feel at home and you don’t have to worry about making mistakes as people around you are very understanding and welcoming.

  • If you come to visit me in my house, I will promise that you are in good company.


Refers to a pleasant atmosphere or convivial spirit.

  • We have the essence of Western hospitability and good-fellowship.

Synonyms for hospitality:



Warm reception












Hearty welcome

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4 years ago

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