Definition of host noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//həʊst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hoʊst//
    People in radio, Restaurant people, TV people, Religious items
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  1. 1  [countable] 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 See related entries: Restaurant people
  2. 2  [countable] 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.
  3. 3  [countable] a person who introduces a television or radio show, and talks to guests synonym compère a TV game show host see also announcer, presenter See related entries: People in radio, TV people
  4. 4[countable] (specialist) an animal or a plant on which another animal or plant lives and feeds
  5. 5[countable] host of somebody/something a large number of people or things a host of possibilities
  6. 6[countable] 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
  7. 7 the Host [singular] the bread that is used in the Christian service of Communion, after it has been blessed See related entries: Religious items
  8. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 4 and noun sense 6 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’.Extra examples Lavender oil can relieve a whole host of ailments. The acre of garden is host to a splendid bank of rhododendrons. The event will be opened by television host Bill Punter. The host club is to be congratulated on its organization of the tournament. The park is host to a beautiful ornamental lake. The town is playing host to a film crew.
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