n. pl. hos·pi·tal·i·ties
1. Cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward guests.
2. An instance of cordial and generous treatment of guests.
[Middle English hospitalite, from Old French, from Latin hospitālitās, from hospitālis, of a guest; see HOSPITAL.]
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