[ laz-uh-ret-oh ]
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noun,plural laz·a·ret·tos.
  1. a hospital for those affected with contagious diseases, especially leprosy.

  2. a building or a ship set apart for quarantine purposes.

  1. Also called glory hole. Nautical. a small storeroom within the hull of a ship, especially one at the extreme stern.

Origin of lazaretto

1540–50; <Upper Italian (Venetian ) lazareto, blend of lazzarolazar and Nazareto popular name of a hospital maintained in Venice by the Church of Santa Maria di Nazaret
  • Also laz·a·ret, laz·a·rette [laz-uh-ret]. /ˌlæz əˈrɛt/.

Words Nearby lazaretto Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lazaretto in a sentence

  • The body was accompanied by the whole of his lordships attendants, who conveyed it to the lazaretto on the following morning.

    Byron | Richard Edgcumbe
  • Previous to November, Paris may be compared to a vast lazaretto, where the valetudinarians of every country take refuge.

British Dictionary definitions for lazaretto


lazaret or lazarette (ˌlæzəˈrɛt)

/ (ˌlæzəˈrɛtəʊ) /

nounplural -rettos, -rets or -rettes
  1. Also called: glory hole nautical a small locker at the stern of a boat or a storeroom between decks of a ship

  2. Also called: lazar house, pesthouse (formerly) a hospital for persons with infectious diseases, esp leprosy

Origin of lazaretto

C16: Italian, from lazzaro lazar

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