[ in-fur-muh-ree ]
/ ɪnˈfɜr mə ri /

noun, plural in·fir·ma·ries.

a place for the care of the infirm, sick, or injured; hospital or facility serving as a hospital: a school infirmary.
a dispensary.

Nearby words

  1. infinitude,
  2. infinitum,
  3. infinity,
  4. infirm,
  5. infirmarian,
  6. infirmity,
  7. infirmly,
  8. infix,
  9. infixion,
  10. infl.

Origin of infirmary

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word infirmāria. See infirm, -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for infirmary


/ (ɪnˈfɜːmərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a place for the treatment of the sick or injured; dispensary; hospital
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Word Origin and History for infirmary



mid-15c., "sick bay in a monastery," from Medieval Latin infirmaria "a place for the infirm," from Latin infirmus "weak, frail," (see infirm). The common name for a public hospital in 18c. England.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for infirmary


[ ĭn-fûrmə-rē ]


A place for the care of the infirm, sick, or injured, especially a small hospital or clinic in an institution or school.

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