Definitions for hosthoʊst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hosthoʊst(n.; v.)host•ed, host•ing.

  1. (n.)a person who receives or entertains guests at home or elsewhere.

  2. an emcee, moderator, or interviewer for a television or radio program.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Showbiz

  3. a company, place, or the like that provides services or resources, as for a convention or sporting event.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. the landlord of an inn.

  5. a living animal or plant from which a parasite obtains nutrition.

    Category: Ecology

  6. the recipient of a graft.

    Category: Surgery

  7. Category: Computers

    Ref: host computer.

  8. (v.t.)to be the host at (a dinner, reception, etc.).

  9. to act as host to.

  10. (v.i.)to perform the duties or functions of a host.

Origin of host:

1250–1300; ME (h)oste < MF < L hospitem, acc. of hospes host, guest, stranger, perh. <*hosti-pot(i)s or *hos-pot(i)s=hos(ti)-, comb. form of hostis stranger (see host2) + -pot(i)s, akin to potis having the power to (hence, “one in charge of guests”)


  1. a multitude or great number of persons or things:

    a host of details.

  2. an army.

Origin of host:

1250–1300; ME (h)oste < OF < L hostis stranger, enemy; akin to guest


  1. the bread or wafer consecrated in the celebration of the Eucharist.

    Category: Religion

Origin of Host:

1275–1325; ME oyst < MF oiste < LL hostia Eucharistic wafer (L: victim, sacrifice)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. host(noun)

    a person who invites guests to a social event (such as a party in his or her own home) and who is responsible for them while they are there

  2. horde, host, legion(noun)

    a vast multitude

  3. host(noun)

    an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; it does not benefit and is often harmed by the association

  4. master of ceremonies, emcee, host(noun)

    a person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers)

  5. host, legion(noun)

    archaic terms for army

  6. host(noun)

    any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event

    "Atlanta was chosen to be host for the Olympic Games"

  7. host(noun)

    (medicine) recipient of transplanted tissue or organ from a donor

  8. host, innkeeper, boniface(noun)

    the owner or manager of an inn

  9. Host(noun)

    a technical name for the bread used in the service of Mass or Holy Communion

  10. server, host(verb)

    (computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network

  11. host(verb)

    be the host of or for

    "We hosted 4 couples last night"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. host(noun)ʊst

    sb who introduces a television or radio show

    And here's the host of tonight's game, Bob Branson.

  2. hostʊst

    ***sb who has invited guests

    We brought some wine for our host.

  3. hostʊst

    a country, city, organization, etc. that is holding an event

    This week the university played host to some of the world's leading biologists.

  4. hostʊst

    a large number of

    The economic troubles led to a host of other problems.

  5. host(verb)ʊst

    to organize a special occasion or event and invite people

    ***countries competing to host the Olympic Games

  6. hostʊst

    to introduce a television or radio show

    She hosts one of Public Radio's news programs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Host(noun)

    the consecrated wafer, believed to be the body of Christ, which in the Mass is offered as a sacrifice; also, the bread before consecration

  2. Host(noun)

    an army; a number of men gathered for war

  3. Host(noun)

    any great number or multitude; a throng

  4. Host(noun)

    one who receives or entertains another, whether gratuitously or for compensation; one from whom another receives food, lodging, or entertainment; a landlord

  5. Host(verb)

    to give entertainment to

  6. Host(verb)

    to lodge at an inn; to take up entertainment

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'host' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3563

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'host' in Nouns Frequency: #1316

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'host' in Verbs Frequency: #1063

Anagrams of host

  1. Hots

  2. Thos.

  3. TOSH

Translations for host

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(feminineˈhostess ) a person who entertains someone else as his guest, usually in his own house

The host and hostess greeted their guests at the door.

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