host: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hōst), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who receives or entertains guests at home or elsewhere: the host at a theater party.
  2. a master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for a television or radio program.
  3. a person, place, company, or the like, that provides services, resources, etc., as for a convention or sporting event: Our city would like to serve as host for the next Winter Olympics.
  4. the landlord of an inn.
  5. a living animal or plant from which a parasite obtains nutrition.
  6. the recipient of a graft. Cf. donor (def. 2).
  1. to be the host at (a dinner, reception, etc.): He hosted a reception for new members.
  2. to act as host to: The vice president hosted the foreign dignitaries during their visit.
  3. to act as master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for: to host a popular talk show.
  1. to perform the duties or functions of a host.


Pronunciation: (hōst), [key]
— n.
  1. a multitude or great number of persons or things: a host of details.
  2. an army.


Pronunciation: (hōst), [key]
— n. Eccles.
  1. the bread or wafer consecrated in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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