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noun Archaic.
  1. a hospital, especially one for lazars.
  2. a shelter on a highway.
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Origin of spital

1625–35; alteration of spittle, Middle English spitel < Medieval Latin hospitāle; see hospital
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Historical Examples

  • Yet, to say truth, her high spirit quailed when she re-entered the spital.

    The Siege of Norwich Castle

    Matilda Maria Blake

  • The preacher of the Spital sermon this year is to be a life-long abstainer, the Bishop of Carlisle.

  • There was no lodge in Glenshee in those days, and it had to be shot from the Spital Inn.

  • We all reached the Spital, hiring from Blairgowrie, a day or two before the 12th, in high spirits and hopes for the coming fray.

  • Then, bidding Eadgyth to attend her, she proceeded at once to the spital, to leech the unfortunate squire.

    The Siege of Norwich Castle

    Matilda Maria Blake

British Dictionary definitions for spital


noun obsolete
  1. a hospital, esp for the needy sick
  2. a highway shelter
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Word Origin

C13 spitel, changed from Medieval Latin hospitāle hospital
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