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[hos-pi-tl-er] /ˈhɒs pɪ tl ər/
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
1350-1400; hospital + -er1; replacing Middle English hospitalier < Middle French < Medieval Latin hospitālārius; see -ier2 Unabridged
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  • "It would be best that he should come," cried the hospitaller.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "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 Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Sir Amory the hospitaller was struck down with an axe as he rushed before us from his sleeping-chamber.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The cellarer and hospitaller, after complines, wait upon the guests, yet observing the strictest silence.

    London Walter Besant
  • The duty of the hospitaller was, as his name implies, to perform the duties of hospitality on behalf of the convent.

  • Now I will call Brother Eoppa, our hospitaller, and he will give you food and a nipperkin of wine.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • I think the old hospitaller must interfere to prevent the success of this attempt, perhaps through the means of Alice.

    Sketches and Studies Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • As for Alice, I see no necessity for her being anywise related to or connected with the old hospitaller.

    Sketches and Studies Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for hospitaller


a person, esp a member of certain religious orders, dedicated to hospital work, ambulance services, etc
Word Origin
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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