From Middle French hoste, from Old French oste, from Latin hospitem, accusative singular of hospes, from Proto-Italic *hostipotis, an old compound of hostis and the root of potis, possibly corresponding to a Proto-Indo-European root *gʰostipotis, a compound of *gʰóstis and *pótis. See also Old French ost.
- (mute h) IPA(key): /ot/
- Homophones: hôtes, ôte, ôtes, ôtent (general), haute, hautes (aspirated)
- Generally the feminine is hôte when meaning “guest”, but hôtesse when meaning “host, hostess”.
- “hôte”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.