- 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
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Examples from the Web for hospital ship
It is not as if you had given a hospital-ship or an ambulance.The Mystery of the Sea
The wounded had been taken on to our hospital-ship in the afternoon.Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O.
He was too ill to be brought on a transport, but he may come at any time on a hospital-ship."Forward, March"
Dr. Dobson, the superintendant physician of the Hospital-ship at Chatham, was a very worthy and very skilful gentleman.A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed.
An account of such officers and men as are on the sick list on board, or are sent to an hospital, hospital-ship, or sick-quarters.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth