- 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 lazarette
The deck being blown up, it had fallen down into the lazarette of course.Youth
I caught him aft from the galley on a trip to the lazarette for provisions.
“Must have taken the lazarette ladder with him,” said Mr. Pike.
And he rose from table and disappeared with a lamp in the lazarette.The Ebb-Tide
Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
Haven't I spent a half hour in the lazarette looking and listening for just such sounds as you describe?The Flying Bo'sun
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 lazarette
"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.