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hospital

noun, hos·pi·tal often attributive \ˈhäs-(ˌ)pi-təl\

: a place where sick or injured people are given care or treatment and where children are often born

Full Definition of HOSPITAL

1
:  a charitable institution for the needy, aged, infirm, or young
2
:  an institution where the sick or injured are given medical or surgical care —usually used in British English without an article after a preposition
3
:  a repair shop for specified small objects <a clock hospital>
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Origin of HOSPITAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin hospitale hospice, guest house, from neuter of Latin hospitalis of a guest, from hospit-, hospes
First Known Use: 14th century
HOSPITAL Defined for Kids

hospital

noun hos·pi·tal \ˈhä-ˌspi-təl\

Definition of HOSPITAL for Kids

:  a place where the sick and injured are given medical care
Medical Dictionary

hospital

noun , hos·pi·tal often attrib \ˈhäs-ˌpit-əl\

Medical Definition of HOSPITAL

1
:  a charitable institution for the needy, aged, infirm, or young
2
a :  an institution where the sick or injured are given medical or surgical care—when used in British English following a preposition, the article is usually omitted <came and saw me in hospital—Robert Graves> b :  a place for the care and treatment of sick and injured animals
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