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Host vs. Hostess: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Host refers to a person who entertains guests, typically male. Hostess is the female equivalent, also entertaining guests.
Host vs. Hostess

Key Differences

Host traditionally refers to a male who receives or entertains guests, either in his home or another setting. He is responsible for the guests' comfort and enjoyment during their stay or at an event. In contrast, a hostess typically denotes a female who performs similar duties, focusing on welcoming, entertaining, and taking care of the guests' needs.
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In terms of professional settings, a host may refer to a male presenter or anchor of an event, show, or broadcast. He plays a key role in guiding the program and engaging the audience. On the other hand, a hostess in professional contexts often refers to a female performing similar roles, with added emphasis on charm and grace, especially in hospitality industries like restaurants and airlines.
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When discussing hospitality roles, the term host may imply the person in charge of greeting and seating guests in a restaurant or event, usually managing reservations and dining room flow. The hostess holds a parallel position, often highlighting a welcoming demeanor and attention to detail in creating a pleasant dining experience for guests.
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In a social setting, a host usually takes on the responsibility of organizing a party or gathering, ensuring that all arrangements are in place. The term hostess in this context refers to a female managing similar responsibilities, often with an emphasis on homeliness, decoration, and food preparation.
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Culturally, the roles of host and hostess can have traditional connotations, with the host often perceived as the primary decision-maker or figure of authority in certain contexts, while the hostess is sometimes viewed with a focus on hospitality, warmth, and grace, reflecting traditional gender roles.
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Comparison Chart

Gender

Typically male
Typically female
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Role in Social Settings

Entertains and organizes
Welcomes and takes care of guests
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Professional Context

Presenter or anchor, managing events
Similar role, often with added grace
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Hospitality Industry

Manages seating and reservations
Focus on welcoming and detailed attention
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Cultural Perception

Decision-maker, authoritative
Warm, graceful, hospitable
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Host and Hostess Definitions

Host

A person who receives or entertains guests.
He was an excellent host at the dinner party.
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Hostess

A woman who receives or entertains guests.
The hostess made everyone feel at home at her party.
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Host

One who receives or entertains guests in a social or official capacity.
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Hostess

A female presenter of a show or event.
The hostess charmed the audience with her elegance.
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Host

A person who manages an inn or hotel.
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Hostess

A woman who organizes events or gatherings.
As the hostess, she arranged every detail of the luncheon.
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Host

One that furnishes facilities and resources for a function or event
The city chosen as host for the Olympic Games.
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Hostess

A woman who leads discussions or meetings.
The hostess facilitated the discussion with great insight.
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Host

The emcee or interviewer on a radio or television program.
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Hostess

A female proprietor of an inn or hospitality service.
The hostess warmly welcomed the travelers to her bed and breakfast.
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Host

An organism on which or in which another organism lives.
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Hostess

A woman who receives or entertains guests in a social or official capacity.
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Host

A cell that has been infected by a virus or other infective agent.
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Hostess

A woman who manages an inn or hotel.
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Host

(Medicine) The recipient of a transplanted tissue or organ.
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Hostess

A woman who is the emcee or interviewer on a radio or television program.
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Host

A computer or other device providing data or services that a remote computer can access by means of a network or modem.
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Hostess

A woman who is employed to greet and assist patrons, as in a restaurant.
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Host

A computer that is connected to a TCP/IP network such as the internet.
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Hostess

A woman who is employed to dance with customers in a dance hall or nightclub. See Usage Note at -ess.
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Host

An army.
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Hostess

A female host.
The host and hostess greeted their guests at the door.
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Host

A great number; a multitude.
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Hostess

A female innkeeper.
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Host

The consecrated bread or wafer of the Eucharist.
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Hostess

Stewardess: a woman steward on an airplane.
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Host

To serve as host to or at
"the garden party he had hosted last spring" (Saturday Review).
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Hostess

A bar hostess or bargirl; a paid female companion offering conversation and in some cases sex.
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Host

To provide software that offers data or services, hardware, or both over a computer network.
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Hostess

To host, as a woman.
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Host

One which receives or entertains a guest, socially, commercially, or officially.
A good host is always considerate of the guest’s needs.
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Hostess

A female host; a woman who hospitably entertains guests at her house.
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Host

One that provides a facility for an event.
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Hostess

A woman who entertains guests for compensation; a female innkeeper.
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Host

A person or organization responsible for running an event.
Our company is host of the annual conference this year.
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Hostess

A woman host
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Host

A moderator or master of ceremonies for a performance.
The host was terrible, but the acts themselves were good.
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Hostess

A woman innkeeper
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Host

Any computer attached to a network.
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Hostess

A woman steward on an airplane
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Host

(ecology) A cell or organism which harbors another organism or biological entity, usually a parasite.
Viruses depend on the host that they infect in order to be able to reproduce.
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An organism bearing certain genetic material, with respect to its cells.
The so-called junk DNA is known, so far, to provide no apparent benefit to its host.
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Host

A paid male companion offering conversation and in some cases sex, as in certain types of bar in Japan.
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Host

A multitude of people arrayed as an army; used also in religious senses, as: Heavenly host (of angels)
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Host

A large number of items; a large inventory.
The dealer stocks a host of parts for my Model A.
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Host

(Christianity) The consecrated bread of the Eucharist.
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Host

To perform the role of a host.
Our company will host the annual conference this year.
I was terrible at hosting that show.
I’ll be hosting tonight. I hope I’m not terrible.
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Host

To lodge at an inn.
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Host

To run software made available to a remote user or process.
Kremvax hosts a variety of services.
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Host

The consecrated wafer, believed to be the body of Christ, which in the Mass is offered as a sacrifice; also, the bread before consecration.
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Host

An army; a number of men gathered for war.
A host so great as covered all the field.
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Host

Any great number or multitude; a throng.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God.
All at once I saw a crowd,A host, of golden daffodils.
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Host

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.
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Host

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.
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Host

To give entertainment to.
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Host

To lodge at an inn; to take up entertainment.
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Host

A person who invites guests to a social event (such as a party in his or her own home) and who is responsible for them while they are there
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Host

A vast multitude
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Host

An animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; the host does not benefit and is often harmed by the association
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Host

A person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers)
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Host

Archaic terms for army
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Host

Any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event;
Atlanta was chosen to be host for the Olympic Games
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Host

(medicine) recipient of transplanted tissue or organ from a donor
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Host

The owner or manager of an inn
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Host

A technical name for the bread used in the service of Mass or Holy Communion
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(computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network
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Host

Be the host of or for;
We hosted 4 couples last night
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Host

A person who presents a program or event.
The host of the show engaged the audience with his wit.
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Host

Someone who organizes social gatherings.
As the host, he ensured the event ran smoothly.
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Host

The proprietor of an inn or hotel.
The host greeted the guests as they arrived at the inn.
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Host

A person who facilitates discussions or meetings.
The host skillfully navigated the meeting's agenda.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What does a host do?

A host entertains and takes care of guests in various settings.
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What is the role of a hostess?

A hostess welcomes and ensures the comfort of guests, often with emphasis on hospitality.
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Can a host be female?

While traditionally male, the term "host" can be gender-neutral in modern usage.
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What skills should a good host have?

A good host should have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
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Can a hostess handle event organization?

Yes, a hostess often organizes and coordinates events.
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Are hosts and hostesses only in social settings?

No, they can also be in professional contexts like TV shows, events, and restaurants.
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Is a hostess always a woman?

Traditionally, yes, but gender roles in such titles are evolving.
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What qualities are important for a hostess?

A hostess should be warm, welcoming, and attentive to details.
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Are these roles gender-specific in all cultures?

Cultural interpretations of these roles vary, with some cultures being more flexible.
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Do hosts and hostesses need formal training?

While not always required, formal training in hospitality can be beneficial.
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Can a man be a hostess in a restaurant?

Traditionally no, but gender roles in job titles are becoming more fluid.
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How important is presentation for a host?

Presentation is key, as it sets the tone for the event or gathering.
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How do host and hostess roles differ in restaurants?

Roles are similar, focusing on guest reception and seating management.
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Can both hosts and hostesses be involved in event planning?

Yes, both can be actively involved in planning and executing events.
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What's the difference in professional roles for host and hostess?

Roles are similar, but a hostess may have added focus on grace and hospitality.
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Is it common for hosts to also cook for guests?

In social settings, hosts often participate in preparing food.
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Can a hostess lead a business meeting?

Yes, hostesses can lead meetings, especially in a corporate context.
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Does a hostess always serve food at events?

It depends on the context, but often a hostess oversees the serving of food.
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What distinguishes a hostess in the hospitality industry?

A hostess in hospitality focuses on guest experience and service quality.
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Is the term "host" becoming more gender-neutral?

Yes, the usage of "host" is increasingly gender-neutral.
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