- an institution in which sick or injured persons are given medical or surgical treatment.
- a similar establishment for the care of animals.
- a repair shop for specific portable objects: violin hospital; doll hospital.
- British. an institution supported by charity or taxes for the care of the needy, as an orphanage or old people's home.
Origin of hospital
Examples from the Web for hospital
When the father arrived at the hospital, he was told that Andrew Dossi was in surgery, but the wounds were not life-threatening.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
By the time the ambulance arrived, over 10 minutes later, it was too late—Mills died soon after arriving at the hospital.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
“The Center was actually able to get me into the hospital and get me the new medications that were available,” Thom said.The LGBT Center That Changed Our Lives
December 22, 2014
Liu had been married just two months before and his wife now stood in this Brooklyn hospital, a sudden widow because of a madman.
Both Mayor De Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton rushed to the hospital.
They looked from the windows of the hospital, and from the roofs of houses.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
If only the house was her own, that she might turn it into a hospital!Weighed and Wanting
She could not bring herself at first to tell him about the hospital.
Closer to her than the hospital was life in the raw that night.
The only dread she had was of the discovery of her escapade by the hospital authorities.
- an institution for the medical, surgical, obstetric, or psychiatric care and treatment of patients
- (modifier) having the function of a hospitala hospital ship
- a repair shop for something specifieda dolls' hospital
- archaic a charitable home, hospice, or school
Word Origin and History for hospital
mid-13c., "shelter for the needy," from Old French hospital, ospital "hostel" (Modern French hôpital), from Late Latin hospitale "guest-house, inn," neuter of Latin adjective hospitalis "of a guest or host," from hospes (genitive hospitis); see host (n.1). Later "charitable institution to house and maintain the needy" (early 15c.); sense of "institution for sick people" is first recorded 1540s.
- An institution that provides medical, surgical, or psychiatric care and treatment for the sick or the injured.