What does host mean?

Definitions for host

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word host.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hostnoun

    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, legionnoun

    a vast multitude

  3. hostnoun

    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, hostnoun

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

  5. host, legionnoun

    archaic terms for army

  6. hostnoun

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

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

  7. hostnoun

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

  8. host, innkeeper, bonifacenoun

    the owner or manager of an inn

  9. Hostnoun

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

  10. server, hostverb

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

  11. hostverb

    be the host of or for

    "We hosted 4 couples last night"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HOSTnoun

    Etymology: hoste, French; hospes, hospitis, Latin.

    never entertained either guests or hosts with long speeches, ’till the mouth of hunger be stopped. Philip Sidney.

    Here, father, take the shadow of this tree
    For your good host. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Time’s like a fashionable host,
    That slightly shakes his parting guest by th’ hand;
    But with his arms out-stretch’d, as he would fly,
    Grasps in the comer. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    The frighted friend arose by break of day,
    And found the stall where late his fellow lay;
    Then of his impious host enquiring more,
    Was answer’d that his guest was gone before. Dryden.

    Let ev’ry soldier hew him down a bough,
    And bear’t before him; thereby shall we shadow
    The numbers of our host. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Then through the fiery pillar, and the cloud,
    God looking forth, will trouble all his host,
    And craze your chariot-wheels. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

    After these came arm’d, with spear and shield,
    An host so great as cover’d all the field. Dryden.

    Give to a gracious message
    An host of tongues; but let ill tidings tell
    Themselves, when they be felt. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

  2. To Hostverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Go, bear it to the centaur, where we host;
    And stay there, Dromio, ’till I come to thee. William Shakespeare.

    Strange to us it seem’d
    At first, that angel should with angel war,
    And in fierce hostings meet. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.

    From his loins
    New authors of dissension spring; from him
    Two branches, that in hosting long contend
    For sov’reign sway. Phillips.

    Lords have had the leading of their own followers to the general hostings. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.


  1. host

    A host refers to a person, organization, or entity that provides a place, space, or platform for an event, gathering, service, or activity to take place. This can include various scenarios such as hosting a party, hosting guests in a hotel, hosting a website on a server, or hosting a television show. The host is typically responsible for managing and facilitating the event or activity, ensuring the satisfaction and comfort of the participants or guests.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hostnoun

    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. Hostnoun

    an army; a number of men gathered for war

  3. Hostnoun

    any great number or multitude; a throng

  4. Hostnoun

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

  5. Hostverb

    to give entertainment to

  6. Hostverb

    to lodge at an inn; to take up entertainment

  7. Etymology: [OE. host, ost, OF. hoste, oste, F. hte, from L. hospes a stranger who is treated as a guest, he who treats another as his guest, a hostl prob. fr. hostis stranger, enemy (akin to E. guest a visitor) + potis able; akin to Skr. pati master, lord. See Host an army, Possible, and cf. Hospitable, Hotel.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Host

    hōst, n. one who entertains a stranger or guest at his house without reward: an innkeeper: an organism on which another lives as a parasite:—fem. Host′ess.—n. Host′ess-ship (Shak.), the character or office of a hostess.—adj. Host′less (Spens.), destitute of a host, inhospitable.—Reckon, or Count, without one's host, to misjudge, the original idea being that of totting up one's bill without reference to the landlord. [O. Fr. hoste—L. hospes, hospitis.]

  2. Host

    hōst, n. an army, a large multitude.—n. Host′ing, (Milt.) an encounter of hosts, a battle: (Spens.) an assemblage of hosts, a muster.—A host in himself, one of great strength, skill, or resources, within himself; Heavenly host, the angels and archangels; Lord of hosts, a favourite Hebrew term for Jehovah, considered as head of the hosts of angels, the hosts of stars, &c. [O. Fr. host—L. hostis, an enemy.]

  3. Host

    hōst, n. in the R.C. Church, the consecrated bread of the Eucharist—a thin circular wafer of unleavened bread. [L. hostia, a victim.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. host

    An army; any large body of men assembled together in arms.

Editors Contribution

  1. hostnoun

    Military forces consisting of God's angels, sometimes including the sun, moon, and stars, and occasionally Israel.

    Jehovah is the Host over our pure gold transparent street broadcasted as the soul of the city gates.

    Etymology: Broadcaster

    Submitted by tony_l on September 11, 2023  

Suggested Resources

  1. HOST

    What does HOST stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the HOST acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.


  1. Host

    the individual infested by or upon which a parasite grows: also applied to the maker of a cell or other structure in which guest flies or other insects take up their abode.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HOST

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Host is ranked #18278 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Host surname appeared 1,519 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Host.

    92% or 1,398 total occurrences were White.
    4% or 62 total occurrences were Black.
    1.5% or 24 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 24 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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 for host »

  1. tosh

  2. thos

  3. shot

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of host in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of host in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of host in a Sentence

  1. Steve G. Steinberg:

    Mosaic is the 1990's equivalent of forcing friends to sit through slides of your trip to Florida - painful for everyone but the host.

  2. John Milton:

    But wherefore thou alone Wherefore with theeCame not all hell broke loose Is pain to themLess pain, less to be fled, or thou than theyLess hardy to endure Courageous chief,The first in flight from pain, hadst thou allegedTo thy deserted host this cause of flight,Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive.

  3. Kevin Spacey:

    I was their 2nd choice for 'Usual Suspects,' 4th choice for 'American Beauty' and 15th choice to host this year's Tony Awards. I think my career is definitely going in the right direction, maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down.

  4. Mayor Akhmetzhan Yessimov:

    Kazakhstan has the financial strength to deliver a great Winter Games without spending tens of billions of dollars, almaty 2022 will serve as a model for future host cities and prove that similar developing nations can host the Games affordably and sustainably.

  5. Zemedeneh Nigatu:

    It is only natural that Ethiopia plans on having a mega airport not only to host Ethiopian Airlines but also to host a lot of transit traffic that passes through Addis.

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Translations for host

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  • مضيف, آدب, مستضيف, مArabic
  • гаспада́рBelarusian
  • amfitriona, amfitrió, allotjarCatalan, Valencian
  • pořadatel, hostitel, hostitCzech
  • værtDanish
  • Veranstalter, Träger, Showmaster, Organisator, Wirt, Moderator, Gastgeber, durchführen, aufnehmen, bereitstellen, Heer, Hostie, organisieren, Gastgeber seinGerman
  • ξενιστήςGreek
  • gastiganto, hostio, gastigiEsperanto
  • anfitriona, hospedador, hospedero, anfitrión, hospedante, maestro de ceremonias, conductor, organizador, huésped, alojarSpanish
  • میزبانPersian
  • isäntä, juontaja, isännöidä, juontaa, joukko, hostata, sotajoukko, öylätti, toimiaFinnish
  • hôte, organisateur, maître de maison, animateur, amphitryon, ost, hostie, animer, recevoir, hébergerFrench
  • óstachIrish
  • מארחים, מארח, מנחהHebrew
  • मेज़बानHindi
  • házigazda, ostyaHungarian
  • զորքArmenian
  • hospiteroInterlingua
  • hýsill, gestgjafi, hýsa, kynnirIcelandic
  • organizzatore, ospitante, moderatore, host, server, anfitrione, ostia, ospitare, ospiteItalian
  • ホスト, 主催者, 主人, 司会Japanese
  • saimnieksLatvian
  • nihowera, whakauwhi, whakamanuhiri, whakauhiMāori
  • домаќинка, водител, домаќин, водителкаMacedonian
  • tuan rumah, perumahMalay
  • vertNorwegian
  • drager, host, gastvrouw, gastgever, gastheer, organisator, moderator, hosten, troep, onderbrengen, heerschaar, hostie, leger, modereren, ontvangen, bergDutch
  • vertNorwegian Nynorsk
  • gospodarz, hostiaPolish
  • كوربهPashto, Pushto
  • mediador, organizador, anfitrião, hospedeiro, apresentador, realizador, partícula, hóstiaPortuguese
  • gazdă, prezentator, moderator, moderatoare, amfitrionRomanian
  • организм-хозяин, се́рвер, хост, церемониймейстер, ведущий, модератор, хозяин, клетка-хозяин, главная ЭВМ, войско, множество, ратьRussian
  • газда, домаћин, gazda, domaćin, gazdarica, domaćinica, газдарица, домаћиница, hostijaSerbo-Croatian
  • vodíteljica, gostíteljica, gostítelj, vodítelj, gostitiSlovene
  • värdSwedish
  • evsahibiTurkish
  • میزبانیUrdu
  • silananefVolapük
  • 主持人Chinese

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