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  1. a mineral spring, or a locality in which such springs exist.
  2. a luxurious resort or resort hotel.
  3. health spa.
  4. a hot tub or similar warm-water hydromassage facility, usually for more than one person.
  5. New England. soda fountain.

Origin of spa

First recorded in 1555–65; generalized use of Spa


  1. a resort town in E Belgium, SE of Liège: famous mineral springs. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for spa

lodge, hotel, whirlpool, sanitarium, sauna

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British Dictionary definitions for spa


  1. a mineral spring or a place or resort where such a spring is found

Word Origin for spa

C17: named after Spa, Belgium


  1. a town in E Belgium, in Liège province: a resort with medicinal mineral springs (discovered in the 14th century). Pop: 10 491 (2004 est)


abbreviation for
  1. Società per Azioni

Word Origin for SpA

Italian: limited company


abbreviation for
  1. Special Protection Area: an area designated by the European Union in order to protect endangered species, esp of birds
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Word Origin and History for spa

"medicinal or mineral spring," 1620s, from name of health resort in eastern Belgium, known since 14c., that featured mineral springs believed to have curative properties. The place name is from Walloon espa "spring, fountain."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper