- a private residential institution equipped to care for persons unable to look after themselves, as the aged or chronically ill.
- Chiefly British. a small private hospital; a small hospital owned by one person or a group of individuals and supported solely by the fees of patients.
Origin of nursing home
First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for nursing home
For example, they can now get coverage to pay for nursing-home costs in the same nursing homes where their spouses live.Why the IRS's Gay-Marriage Move Is a Big Deal
August 29, 2013
"I sent her on an ambulance to a nursing-home in London," said Tarling shortly.The Daffodil Mystery</p>
Sir William is at present in nursing-home, so we have place to ourselves.While I Remember
He suggested that she should go to a nursing-home he knew of in Ilfracombe.The Vanity Girl
He was suddenly transformed into a patient in a nursing-home.Mr. Prohack</p>
E. Arnold Bennett
High and low, and all huddled together like so many babes in a nursing-home.Lore of Proserpine
- a private hospital or residence staffed and equipped to care for aged or infirm persons
- British a private maternity home
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