or Hos·pi·tal·ler



a member of the religious and military order (Knights Hospitalers or Knights of St. John of Jerusalem) originating about the time of the first Crusade (1096–99) and taking its name from a hospital at Jerusalem.
(lowercase) a person, especially a member of a religious order, devoted to the care of the sick or needy in hospitals.

Origin of Hospitaler

1350–1400; hospital + -er1; replacing Middle English hospitalier < Middle French < Medieval Latin hospitālārius; see -ier2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hospitaller

Historical Examples of hospitaller

  • "It would be best that he should come," cried the Hospitaller.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "Just come and sit over here, hospitaller of Cochin," said Eugene.

    Father Goriot

    Honore de Balzac

  • He is a champion of valour for feats of arms; he is an hospitaller for householding.

  • The old Hospitaller must die in his bed, or some other how; or perhaps not—we shall see.

    Sketches and Studies

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Sir Amory the Hospitaller was struck down with an axe as he rushed before us from his sleeping-chamber.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for hospitaller


US hospitaler


a person, esp a member of certain religious orders, dedicated to hospital work, ambulance services, etc

Word Origin for hospitaller

C14: from Old French hospitalier, from Medieval Latin hospitālārius, from hospitāle hospice; see hospital


US Hospitaler


a member of the order of the Knights Hospitallers
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