Hos·​pi·​tal·​ler ˈhä-(ˌ)spi-tᵊl-ər How to pronounce Hospitaller (audio)
variants or Hospitaler
: a member of a religious military order established in Jerusalem in the 12th century

Word History


Middle English Hospiteler, Hospitaler, borrowed from Anglo-French Hospiteler, borrowed from Medieval Latin Hospitālārius, from Hospitāle, the Hospital of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem (from hospitāle "residence for pilgrims and travelers") + Latin -ārius -ary entry 1 — more at hospital

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hospitaller was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hospitaller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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