hospital ship

  1. a ship built to serve as a hospital, especially used to treat the wounded in wartime and accorded safe passage by international law.

Origin of hospital ship

First recorded in 1675–85

Words Nearby hospital ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hospital ship in a sentence

  • One had no sooner received its melancholy freight, than it left the islets, on its way to the hospital-ship of the fleet.

    The Wing-and-Wing | J. Fenimore Cooper