- a hospital for those affected with contagious diseases, especially leprosy.
- a building or a ship set apart for quarantine purposes.
- Also called glory hole. Nautical. a small storeroom within the hull of a ship, especially one at the extreme stern.
Origin of lazaretto
Examples from the Web for lazaretto
Earlier this week I got an advance copy of his new LP, Lazaretto; it hasn't left my earbuds since.Is Jack White the Last True Rock Star?
June 13, 2014
I'm a poor Englishman who has made his escape from the Lazaretto.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
I pulled up the harbor, and landed the other side of the Lazaretto.Up the River
When I visited the lazaretto, Damien was already in his resting grave.Father Damien
Robert Louis Stevenson
At Venice he is conducted to the lazaretto, to undergo the quarantine.
The regulations to be observed in the lazaretto are given on the following page.The Overland Guide-book
lazaret or lazarette (ˌlæzəˈrɛt)
- Also called: glory hole nautical a small locker at the stern of a boat or a storeroom between decks of a ship
- Also called: lazar house, pesthouse (formerly) a hospital for persons with infectious diseases, esp leprosy
Word Origin and History for lazaretto
"house for reception of lepers and diseased poor persons," 1540s, from Italian lazareto "place set aside for performance of quarantine" (especially that of Venice, which received many ships from plague-infested districts in the East), from the Biblical proper name Lazarus. Meaning "building set apart for quarantine" is c.1600 in English. The word in Italian was perhaps influenced by the name of another hospital in Venice, that associated with the church of Santa Maria di Nazaret.