Borrowed from Latin hospitium. Doublet of hospice.


hospitium (plural hospitiums or hospitia)

  1. (obsolete) An inn; a lodging; a hospice.
  2. (obsolete, law) An Inn of Court.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for hospitium in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)


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From Proto-Italic *hostipotjom. Equivalent to hospes (host; guest, stranger) +‎ -ium.



hospitium n (genitive hospitiī or hospitī); second declension

  1. A hospitable reception, entertainment, hospitality.
    aliquem hospitio (or domo) excipere (or recipere, or accipere)to welcome someone as guest
  2. The tie of hospitality, relation of host and guest
  3. friendship, bond.
  4. A place of entertainment for strangers; lodgings, inn, guest-chamber, poorhouse.


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative hospitium hospitia
Genitive hospitiī
Dative hospitiō hospitiīs
Accusative hospitium hospitia
Ablative hospitiō hospitiīs
Vocative hospitium hospitia

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).


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  • hospitium”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • hospitium”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • hospitium in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • hospitium in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • my relations with him are most hospitable: mihi cum illo hospitium est, intercedit
    • to enjoy a person's hospitality: hospitio alicuius uti
    • to become a friend and guest of a person: hospitium cum aliquo facere, (con-)iungere
    • to welcome a man as a guest in one's house: hospitio aliquem accipere or excipere (domum ad se)
    • to sever (previous) hospitable relations: hospitium renuntiare (Liv. 25. 18)
  • hospitium”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • hospitium”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • Dizionario Latino, Olivetti