hospital

[hos-pi-tl]

noun

an institution in which sick or injured persons are given medical or surgical treatment.
a similar establishment for the care of animals.
a repair shop for specific portable objects: violin hospital; doll hospital.
British. an institution supported by charity or taxes for the care of the needy, as an orphanage or old people's home.

Origin of hospital

1250–1300; Middle English hospitale < Medieval Latin, noun use of neuter of Latin hospitālis hospitable, equivalent to hospit- (see hospitium) + -ālis -al1
Related formsmin·i·hos·pi·tal, nounmul·ti·hos·pi·tal, adjectivepost·hos·pi·tal, adjective
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  • They looked from the windows of the hospital, and from the roofs of houses.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • If only the house was her own, that she might turn it into a hospital!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • She could not bring herself at first to tell him about the hospital.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Closer to her than the hospital was life in the raw that night.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The only dread she had was of the discovery of her escapade by the hospital authorities.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart


British Dictionary definitions for hospital

hospital

noun

an institution for the medical, surgical, obstetric, or psychiatric care and treatment of patients
(modifier) having the function of a hospitala hospital ship
a repair shop for something specifieda dolls' hospital
archaic a charitable home, hospice, or school

Word Origin for hospital

C13: from Medieval Latin hospitāle hospice, from Latin hospitālis relating to a guest, from hospes, hospit- guest, host 1
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Word Origin and History for hospital
n.

mid-13c., "shelter for the needy," from Old French hospital, ospital "hostel" (Modern French hôpital), from Late Latin hospitale "guest-house, inn," neuter of Latin adjective hospitalis "of a guest or host," from hospes (genitive hospitis); see host (n.1). Later "charitable institution to house and maintain the needy" (early 15c.); sense of "institution for sick people" is first recorded 1540s.

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hospital in Medicine

hospital

[hŏspĭ-tl]

n.

An institution that provides medical, surgical, or psychiatric care and treatment for the sick or the injured.
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