Meaning of HOST in English


I. ˈhōst noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French ost, from Late Latin hostis, from Latin, stranger, enemy — more at guest

Date: 14th century

1. : army

2. : a very large number : multitude

II. intransitive verb

Date: 15th century

: to assemble in a host usually for a hostile purpose

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English hoste host, guest, from Anglo-French, from Latin hospit-, hospes, probably from hostis

Date: 14th century


a. : one that receives or entertains guests socially, commercially, or officially

b. : one that provides facilities for an event or function

our college served as host for the basketball tournament


a. : a living animal or plant on or in which a parasite lives

b. : the larger, stronger, or dominant member of a commensal or symbiotic pair

c. : an individual into which a tissue, part, or embryo is transplanted from another

3. : a mineral or rock that is older than the minerals or rocks in it ; also : a substance that contains a usually small amount of another substance incorporated in its structure

4. : a radio or television emcee

5. : a computer that controls communications in a network or that administers a database ; also : server 6

IV. transitive verb

Date: 15th century

1. : to serve as host to, at, or for

host friends

host a dinner

2. : emcee

host ed a series of TV programs

V. noun

Usage: often capitalized

Etymology: Middle English hoste, oste, from Anglo-French oste, oiste, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin hostia Eucharist, from Latin, sacrifice

Date: 14th century

: the eucharistic bread

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