Meaning of HOST in English


/ həʊst; NAmE hoʊst/ noun , verb

■ noun


[ C ] a person who invites guests to a meal, a party, etc. or who has people staying at their house :

Ian, our host, introduced us to the other guests.

—see also hostess


[ C ] a country, a city or an organization that holds and arranges a special event :

The college is playing host to a group of visiting Russian scientists.


[ C ] a person who introduces a television or radio show, and talks to guests

SYN compère :

a TV game show host

—see also announcer , presenter


[ C ] ( technical ) an animal or a plant on which another animal or plant lives and feeds


[ C ] host of sb/sth a large number of people or things :

a host of possibilities


[ C ] the main computer in a network that controls or supplies information to other computers that are connected to it :

transferring files from the host to your local computer


the Host [ sing. ] the bread that is used in the Christian service of Communion , after it has been blessed

■ verb [ vn ]


to organize an event to which others are invited and make all the arrangements for them :

Germany hosted the World Cup finals.


to introduce a television or radio programme, a show, etc.

SYN compère


to organize a party that you have invited guests to :

to host a dinner


to store a website on a computer connected to the Internet, usually in return for payment :

a company that builds and hosts e-commerce sites



noun senses 1 to 4 and noun sense 6 verb Middle English : from Old French hoste , from Latin hospes , hospit- host, guest.

noun sense 5 Middle English : from Old French ost , hoost , from Latin hostis stranger, enemy (in medieval Latin army).

noun sense 7 Middle English : from Old French hoiste , from Latin hostia victim.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.