nursing home


a private residential institution equipped to care for persons unable to look after themselves, as the aged or chronically ill.
Chiefly British. a small private hospital; a small hospital owned by one person or a group of individuals and supported solely by the fees of patients.

Origin of nursing home

First recorded in 1895–1900 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nursing home

Contemporary Examples of nursing home

Historical Examples of nursing home

  • "I sent her on an ambulance to a nursing-home in London," said Tarling shortly.

  • Sir William is at present in nursing-home, so we have place to ourselves.

    While I Remember

    Stephen McKenna

  • He suggested that she should go to a nursing-home he knew of in Ilfracombe.

    The Vanity Girl

    Compton Mackenzie

  • He was suddenly transformed into a patient in a nursing-home.

    Mr. Prohack

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • High and low, and all huddled together like so many babes in a nursing-home.

    Lore of Proserpine

    Maurice Hewlett

British Dictionary definitions for nursing home

nursing home


a private hospital or residence staffed and equipped to care for aged or infirm persons
British a private maternity home
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nursing home in Medicine

nursing home


skilled nursing facility
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