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Host (masculine) and hostess (feminine) most often refer to a person responsible for guests at an event or providing hospitality during it, or to an event's presenter or master or mistress of ceremonies. Host or hosts may also refer to:


  • 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

Groups or formations[edit]

  • Cossack hosts comprised organic and administrative subdivision of Cossacks in Imperial Russia. Host names reflected location or origin.
  • Furious Host or the Wild Hunt, a European folk myth
  • Heavenly host, an "army" of good angels in Heaven
    • Lord of hosts, a common epithet of the God of the Old Testament
  • a great number; multitude
  • (Military) an archaic word for army

Fictional military hosts[edit]

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