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A host is a person responsible for guests at an event or for providing hospitality during it.

Host may also refer to:



Arts, entertainment, and media[edit]

Fictional entities[edit]

  • Hosts (World of Darkness), fictional characters in game Werewolf: The Forsaken
  • Hosts, alien invaders and overlords in the TV series Colony
  • Armies and hosts of Middle-earth warfare, fictional entities in J.R.R. Tolkien's works
  • Avenging Host, a group of characters in Marvel Comics' Earth X series of comic books
  • Rutan Host, fictional aliens from Doctor Who




Computing and technology[edit]

  • Host (network), a computer connected to the Internet or another IP-based network
    • hosts (file), a computer file to be used to store information on where to find an internet host on a computer network
    • host (Unix), a command-line Unix command
    • Internet hosting service, a service that runs Internet servers allowing organizations and individuals to serve content to the Internet
    • Virtual host, allowing several DNS names to share the same IP address
  • Host, in hardware virtualization, a machine on which a virtual machine runs
  • Cross compiler, also called a "host", a computer platform on which software development is done for a different target computer platform
  • UOL HOST, Universal Online's HOST webhosting service

Groups or formations[edit]

  • Host, an archaic military term for an army
  • Host, a great number; multitude
  • Cossack host, military formations of Eastern Europe
  • Furious Host or the Wild Hunt, a European folk myth




  • Host (biology), an organism harboring another organism or organisms on or in itself
  • Host (psychology), personality as emphasized in treating dissociative identity disorder
  • Host (astronomy), the interactions and analysis of a star-planet relationship

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