Host

Definition of Host

Pronunciation: hōst
n.1.(R. C. Ch.) The consecrated wafer, believed to be the body of Christ, which in the Mass is offered as a sacrifice; also, the bread before consecration.
1.An army; a number of men gathered for war.
A host so great as covered all the field.
- Dryden.
2.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.
1.One who receives or entertains another, whether gratuitously or for compensation; one from whom another receives food, lodging, or entertainment; a landlord.
Time is like a fashionable host,
That slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand.
- Shak.
2.(Biol.) 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.
v. t.1.To give entertainment to.
v. i.1.To lodge at an inn; to take up entertainment.

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