a person who receives or entertains guests at home or elsewhere:
the host at a theater party.
a master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for a television or radio program.
a person, place, company, or the like, that provides services, resources, etc., as for a convention or sporting event:
Our city would like to serve as host for the next Winter Olympics.
the landlord of an inn.
a living animal or plant from which a parasite obtains nutrition.
Surgery. the recipient of a graft.
Compare (def 2).
verb (used with object)
to be the host at (a dinner, reception, etc.):
He hosted a reception for new members.
to act as host to:
The vice president hosted the foreign dignitaries during their visit.
to act as master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for:
to host a popular talk show.
verb (used without object)
to perform the duties or functions of a host.
a person who receives or entertains guests, esp in his own home
the compere of a show or television programme
(computing) a computer connected to a network and providing facilities to other computers and their users
the owner or manager of an inn
to be the host of (a party, programme, etc): to host one’s own show
(transitive) (US, informal) to leave (a restaurant) without paying the bill
a great number; multitude
an archaic word for army
the bread consecrated in the Eucharist
“person who receives guests,” late 13c., from Old French hoste “guest, host, hostess, landlord” (12c., Modern French hôte), from Latin hospitem (nominative hospes) “guest, host,” literally “lord of strangers,” from PIE *ghostis- “stranger” (cf. Old Church Slavonic gosti “guest, friend,” gospodi “lord, master;” see guest). The biological sense of “animal or plant having a parasite” is from 1857.
“multitude” mid-13c., from Old French host “army” (10c.), from Medieval Latin hostis “army, war-like expedition,” from Latin hostis “enemy, foreigner, stranger,” from the same root as host (n.1). Replaced Old English here, and in turn has been largely superseded by army. The generalized meaning of “large number” is first attested 1610s.
“body of Christ, consecrated bread,” c.1300, from Latin hostia “sacrifice,” also “the animal sacrificed,” applied in Church Latin to Christ; probably ultimately related to host (n.1) in its root sense of “stranger, enemy.”
“to serve as a host,” early 15c., from host (n.1). Related: Hosted; hosting.
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an entertainer (Rom. 16:23); a tavern-keeper, the keeper of a caravansary (Luke 10:35). In warfare, a troop or military force. This consisted at first only of infantry. Solomon afterwards added cavalry (1 Kings 4:26; 10:26). Every male Israelite from twenty to fifty years of age was bound by the law to bear arms when necessary (Num. 1:3; 26:2; 2 Chr. 25:5). Saul was the first to form a standing army (1 Sam. 13:2; 24:2). This example was followed by David (1 Chr. 27:1), and Solomon (1 Kings 4:26), and by the kings of Israel and Judah (2 Chr. 17:14; 26:11; 2 Kings 11:4, etc.).
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hardware, wireless communications (HCI) A network layer in the Bluetooth Core Protocol Stack, lying between the software and the hardware stacks and serving as the interface through which the software controls two of Bluetooths four core protocols. (2002-06-28)
[hos-tl] /ˈhɒs tl/ noun 1. Also called youth hostel. an inexpensive, supervised lodging place for young people on bicycle trips, hikes, etc. 2. British. a residence hall at a university. 3. an inn. verb (used without object), hosteled, hosteling or (especially British) hostelled, hostelling. 4. to travel, lodging each night at a hostel. /ˈhɒstəl/ noun […]
[hos-tl-er] /ˈhɒs tl ər/ noun 1. a person who operates a hostel. 2. a person who stays at a hostel or goes hosteling.
[hos-tl-er] /ˈhɒs tl ər/ noun 1. a person who operates a hostel. 2. a person who stays at a hostel or goes hosteling. /ˈhɒstələ/ noun 1. a person who stays at youth hostels 2. an archaic word for innkeeper