Meaning of HOST in English


1. n.1 (usu. foll. by of) a large number of people or things.

2 archaic an army.

3 (in full heavenly host) Bibl. a the sun, moon, and stars. b the angels.

Phrases and idioms:

host (or hosts) of heaven sense 3 of n. is a host in himself can do as much as several ordinary people. Lord (or Lord God) of hosts God as Lord over earthly or heavenly armies.

Etymology: ME f. OF f. L hostis stranger, enemy, in med.L 'army' 2. n. & v.


1. a person who receives or entertains another as a guest.

2 the landlord of an inn (mine host).

3 Biol. an animal or plant having a parasite or commensal.

4 an animal or person that has received a transplanted organ etc.

5 the comp{egrave}re of a show, esp. of a television or radio programme. act as host to (a person) or at (an event).

Etymology: ME f. OF oste f. L hospes -pitis host, guest 3. n. the bread consecrated in the Eucharist.

Etymology: ME f. OF (h)oiste f. L hostia victim

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.