rest cure

  1. a treatment for nervous disorders, consisting of a complete rest, usually combined with systematic diet, massage, etc., especially at a spa or sanitorium.

Origin of rest cure

First recorded in 1885–90

Words Nearby rest cure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use rest cure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rest-cure


  1. a rest taken as part of a course of medical treatment, as for stress, anxiety, etc

  2. an easy undemanding time or assignment: usually used with a negative: it's no rest-cure, I can assure you

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