host family definition, host family meaning | English dictionary




1    a person who receives or entertains guests, esp. in his own home  
a    a country or organization which provides facilities for and receives visitors to an event  
b    (as modifier)  
the host nation     
3    the compere of a show or television programme  
4      (Biology)  
a    an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite  
b    an animal, esp. an embryo, into which tissue is experimentally grafted  
5      (Computing)   a computer connected to a network and providing facilities to other computers and their users  
6    the owner or manager of an inn  
7    to be the host of (a party, programme, etc.)  
to host one's own show     
8    tr     (U.S.)  
informal   to leave (a restaurant) without paying the bill  
     (C13: from French hoste, from Latin hospes guest, foreigner, from hostis enemy)  
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expression meaning that several or all members of a family have something in common (a skill, a feature, a path or a behavior)
E.g.: He became an actor too. It runs in the family.
to support your family
A small business that is typically owned and run by members of a family
parent whose children no longer live in the family home
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family
c'est une belle chose que la tranquilité mais l'ennui est de sa famille
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