noun \ˈspä, ˈsp\

: a place where water that has many minerals in it comes up naturally from the ground and where people go to improve their health by swimming in, bathing in, or drinking the water

: a place where people go to improve their health and appearance by exercising, relaxing, etc.

: a bathtub in which a pump causes hot water and air bubbles to move around your body

Full Definition of SPA

a :  a mineral spring
b :  a resort with mineral springs
:  a fashionable resort or hotel
New England :  soda fountain
:  a commercial establishment providing facilities devoted especially to health, fitness, weight loss, beauty, and relaxation
:  a hot tub with a whirlpool device

Examples of SPA

  1. Their property includes a swimming pool and spa.
  2. <a six-month membership in a health spa with the specific purpose of losing weight>

Origin of SPA

Spa, watering place in Belgium
First Known Use: 1610

Rhymes with SPA


geographical name \ˈspä\

Definition of SPA

town E Belgium SE of Liège pop 10,394


noun \ˈspä, ˈsp\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SPA

a : a mineral spring b : a resort with mineral springs
: a commercial establishment with facilities for exercising and bathing; especially : health spa


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Spring or resort with thermal or mineral water for drinking and bathing. The word derives from a Belgian town whose springs reputedly had curative powers. Mineral springs usually contain various salts, trace minerals, and gases; many are naturally carbonated. Most thermal springs (see hot spring) also contain minerals. Warm-water bathing aids relaxation (see hydrotherapy), and high salt or sulfur content helps some skin conditions. Drinking mineral water is believed to aid digestion, and waters with specific minerals are used for particular conditions.


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