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spa

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noun
  1. a mineral spring, or a locality in which such springs exist.
  2. a luxurious resort or resort hotel.
  3. health spa.
  4. a hot tub or similar warm-water hydromassage facility, usually for more than one person.
  5. New England. soda fountain.

Origin of spa

First recorded in 1555–65; generalized use of Spa

Spa

[spah]
noun
  1. a resort town in E Belgium, SE of Liège: famous mineral springs.
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spa

noun
  1. a mineral spring or a place or resort where such a spring is found

Word Origin

C17: named after Spa, Belgium

Spa

noun
  1. a town in E Belgium, in Liège province: a resort with medicinal mineral springs (discovered in the 14th century). Pop: 10 491 (2004 est)

SpA

abbreviation for
  1. Società per Azioni

Word Origin

Italian: limited company

SPA

abbreviation for
  1. Special Protection Area: an area designated by the European Union in order to protect endangered species, esp of birds
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Word Origin and History for spa

n.

"medicinal or mineral spring," 1620s, from name of health resort in eastern Belgium, known since 14c., that featured mineral springs believed to have curative properties. The place name is from Walloon espa "spring, fountain."

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