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HOST, n. [L.hostis, a stranger, an enemy, probably of the same family. See Hospitable.]

1. One who entertains another at his own house, without reward.

Homer never entertained guests or hosts with long speeches.

2. One who entertains another at his house for reward; an innkeeper; a landlord.

3. A guest; one who is entertained at the house of another. The innkeeper says of the traveler,he has a good host,and the traveler says of his landlord, he has a kind host. [See Guest.]

HOST, n. [L. hostis, a stranger, an enemy.] The sense is probably transferred from a single foe to an army of foes.]

1. An army; a number of men embodied for war.

2. Any great number or multitude.

HOST, n. [L. hostia, a victim or sacrifice, from hostis, an enemy.]

In the Romish church, the sacrifice of the mass, or the consecrated wafer, representing the body of Christ, or as the Catholics allege, transubstantiated into his own body.

HOST, v.i. To lodge at an inn; to take up entertainment. [Little used.]

HOST, v.t. To give entertainment to. [Not used.]




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HOST, n. [L.hostis, a stranger, an enemy, probably of the same family. See Hospitable.]

1. One who entertains another at his own house, without reward.

Homer never entertained guests or hosts with long speeches.

2. One who entertains another at his house for reward; an innkeeper; a landlord.

3. A guest; one who is entertained at the house of another. The innkeeper says of the traveler,he has a good host,and the traveler says of his landlord, he has a kind host. [See Guest.]

HOST, n. [L. hostis, a stranger, an enemy.] The sense is probably transferred from a single foe to an army of foes.]

1. An army; a number of men embodied for war.

2. Any great number or multitude.

HOST, n. [L. hostia, a victim or sacrifice, from hostis, an enemy.]

In the Romish church, the sacrifice of the mass, or the consecrated wafer, representing the body of Christ, or as the Catholics allege, transubstantiated into his own body.

HOST, v.i. To lodge at an inn; to take up entertainment. [Little used.]

HOST, v.t. To give entertainment to. [Not used.]


HOST, n. [Fr. hôte, for hoste; It. oste; Sp. huesped; Port. hospede; and L. hostis, a stranger, an enemy, probably of the same family. See Hospitable. The sense is a stranger or foreigner, that is, a wanderer or traveler, from some root signifying to wander, to go or pass, or to visit. See Class Gs, No. 5, 14, 16.]

  1. One who entertains another at his own house, without reward. Homer never entertained guests or hosts with long speeches. Sidney.
  2. One who entertains another at his house for reward; an innkeeper; a landlord.
  3. A guest; one who is entertained at the house of another. The innkeeper says of the traveler, he has a good host, and the traveler says of his landlord, he has a kind host. [See Guest.] Encyc.

HOST, n. [L. hostis, a stranger, an enemy. The sense is probably transferred from a single foe to an army of foes.]

  1. An army; a number of men embodied for war.
  2. Any great number of multitude.

HOST, n. [L. hostia, a victim or sacrifice, from hostis, an enemy; Fr. hostie; applied to the Savior, who was offered for the sins of men.]

In the Romish church, the sacrifice of the mass, or the consecrated wafer, representing the body of Christ, or as the Romanists alledge, transubstantiated into his own body. Encyc.


HOST, v.i.

To lodge at an inn; to take up entertainment. [Little used.] Shak.


HOST, v.t.

To give entertainment to. [Not used.] Spenser.


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

    * In the Latin Vulgate the word was applied to the Savior as being an offering for the sins of men.

  2. An army; a number of men gathered for war.

    A host so great as covered all the field. Dryden.

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

    Chaucer. "Fair host and Earl." Tennyson.

    Time is like a fashionable host,
    That slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand.
    Shak.

  4. To give entertainment to.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  5. To lodge at an inn; to take up entertainment.

    [Obs.] "Where you shall host." Shak.
  6. Any animal or plant affording lodgment or subsistence to a parasitic or commensal organism. Thus a tree is a host of an air plant growing upon it.
  7. Any great number or multitude; a throng.

    And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God. Luke ii. 13.

    All at once I saw a crowd,
    A host, of golden daffodils.
    Wordsworth.

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Host

HOST, noun [Latin hostis, a stranger, an enemy, probably of the same family. See Hospitable.]

1. One who entertains another at his own house, without reward.

Homer never entertained guests or hosts with long speeches.

2. One who entertains another at his house for reward; an innkeeper; a landlord.

3. A guest; one who is entertained at the house of another. The innkeeper says of the traveler, he has a good host and the traveler says of his landlord, he has a kind host [See Guest.]

HOST, noun [Latin hostis, a stranger, an enemy.] The sense is probably transferred from a single foe to an army of foes.]

1. An army; a number of men embodied for war.

2. Any great number or multitude.

HOST, noun [Latin hostia, a victim or sacrifice, from hostis, an enemy.]

In the Romish church, the sacrifice of the mass, or the consecrated wafer, representing the body of Christ, or as the Catholics allege, transubstantiated into his own body.

HOST, verb intransitive To lodge at an inn; to take up entertainment. [Little used.]

HOST, verb transitive To give entertainment to. [Not used.]

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