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Knights of St. John of Jerusalem

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noun
  1. See under Hospitaler(def 1).

Hospitaler

or Hos·pi·tal·ler

[hos-pi-tl-er]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. (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
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