hospital

[ hos-pi-tl ]
/ ˈhɒs pɪ 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.

Nearby words

  1. hosiery,
  2. hosing,
  3. hosp.,
  4. hospice,
  5. hospitable,
  6. hospital bed,
  7. hospital corner,
  8. hospital formulary,
  9. hospital gangrene,
  10. hospital light

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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British Dictionary definitions for hospital

hospital

/ (ˈhɒspɪtəl) /

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

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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Medicine definitions for hospital

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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