- a member of the religious and military order (Knights Hospitalers or Knights of St. John of Jerusalem) originating about the time of the first Crusade (1096–99) and taking its name from a hospital at Jerusalem.
- (lowercase) a person, especially a member of a religious order, devoted to the care of the sick or needy in hospitals.
Origin of Hospitaler
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"It would be best that he should come," cried the Hospitaller.
"Just come and sit over here, hospitaller of Cochin," said Eugene.Father Goriot
Honore de Balzac
He is a champion of valour for feats of arms; he is an hospitaller for householding.
The old Hospitaller must die in his bed, or some other how; or perhaps not—we shall see.Sketches and Studies
Sir Amory the Hospitaller was struck down with an axe as he rushed before us from his sleeping-chamber.
- a person, esp a member of certain religious orders, dedicated to hospital work, ambulance services, etc
C14: from Old French hospitalier, from Medieval Latin hospitālārius, from hospitāle hospice; see hospital
- a member of the order of the Knights Hospitallers
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