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hospital

[ hos-pi-tl ]
/ ˈhɒs pɪ tl /
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noun
an institution in which sick or injured people 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 people in need of care, as a children's home or nursing home.
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Origin of hospital

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English (h)ospital, “lodging for pilgrims and travelers, hostel,” Old French (h)ospital, from Medieval Latin hospitāle “guesthouse, inn,” noun use of neuter of Latin hospitālis “hospitable,” equivalent to hospit- stem of hospes “guest, visitor, host” + -ālis -al1; see also hospitium

OTHER WORDS FROM hospital

min·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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