hospitable

When someone makes you feel comfortable and at home, that person is being hospitable, providing a warm, friendly environment. Anything hospitable is welcoming and open.

A Greek proverb suggested that in being hospitable, the main feeling should be good will. The basis for the word hospitable is the Latin hospes, which refers to welcoming a guest, a word that evolved into meaning "to entertain." Consider that being hospitable means, as someone once said, “making your guests feel at home, even though you wish they were.” In other words, entertaining them. (You can also “entertain” new ideas with an open, hospitable mind.)

Definitions of hospitable
  1. adjective
    disposed to treat guests and strangers with cordiality and generosity
    “a good-natured and hospitable man”
    “a hospitable act”
    hospitable invitations”
    Synonyms:
    friendly
    characteristic of or befitting a friend
    welcoming
    very cordial
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    Antonyms:
    inhospitable
    not hospitable
    unfriendly
    not disposed to friendship or friendliness
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  2. adjective
    favorable to life and growth
    “soil sufficiently hospitable for forest growth”
    “a hospitable environment”
    Synonyms:
    genial, kind
    agreeable, conducive to comfort
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    Antonyms:
    inhospitable
    unfavorable to life or growth
    bare, barren, bleak, desolate, stark
    providing no shelter or sustenance
    godforsaken, waste, wild
    located in a dismal or remote area; desolate
    hostile, uncongenial, unfriendly
    very unfavorable to life or growth
    water-washed
    washed or swept with water especially waves of the sea
    windswept
    open to or swept by wind
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  3. adjective
    having an open mind
    hospitable to new ideas”
    Synonyms:
    open, receptive
    ready or willing to receive favorably
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