- a hospital for those affected with contagious diseases, especially leprosy.
- a building or a ship set apart for quarantine purposes.
- Also called glory hole. Nautical. a small storeroom within the hull of a ship, especially one at the extreme stern.
Origin of lazaretto
Examples from the Web for lazaret
The two searchers climbed out and walked aft to the lazaret.
But what had roused the sailor's dislike was that the lazaret contained no provisions.
Don't you have any idea in what part of this lazaret the tools were?Blow The Man Down
This I procured from the lazaret, and he pronounced it available.The Grain Ship
A section of the deck was opened up and the crate was let down into the lazaret.The Iron Boys on the Ore Boats
James R. Mears
lazaret or lazarette (ˌlæzəˈrɛt)
- Also called: glory hole nautical a small locker at the stern of a boat or a storeroom between decks of a ship
- Also called: lazar house, pesthouse (formerly) a hospital for persons with infectious diseases, esp leprosy
Word Origin and History for lazaret
"house for reception of lepers and diseased poor persons," 1540s, from Italian lazareto "place set aside for performance of quarantine" (especially that of Venice, which received many ships from plague-infested districts in the East), from the Biblical proper name Lazarus. Meaning "building set apart for quarantine" is c.1600 in English. The word in Italian was perhaps influenced by the name of another hospital in Venice, that associated with the church of Santa Maria di Nazaret.