hospice

noun

hos·​pice ˈhä-spəs How to pronounce hospice (audio)
1
: a lodging for travelers, young persons, or the underprivileged especially when maintained by a religious order
2
: a program designed to provide palliative care and emotional support to the terminally ill in a home or homelike setting so that quality of life is maintained and family members may be active participants in care
also : a facility that provides such a program

Examples of hospice in a Sentence

She chose to go to a hospice instead of a hospital. the monks run a hospice for travelers in their mountain retreat
Recent Examples on the Web The hospice nurse called the funeral home, and Gilda’s husband stepped into the kitchen. Lisa Kanarek, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 The distribution is part of a larger 30,000 Valentine’s Day card creation and donation at hospitals and hospices in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. areas through the Valentines by Kids charity, according to a news release. Allana Haynes, Baltimore Sun, 13 Feb. 2024 Dealing with a loved one in hospice care is a situation that no one would choose. Ashlyn Messier, Fox News, 24 Jan. 2024 Her death, in a hospice center, was confirmed by her stepdaughter, Ania Marchwinska, who said the cause was lung cancer. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2024 The hospice movement got its start in England in 1967. The Editors, Scientific American, 16 Jan. 2024 Instead, Martin, currently in hospice care, will serve one year of supervised release. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024 The words eventually became the basis for the latest — and possibly last — song from the D.C.-area alt-pop singer: At 31, Janice is in hospice with an aggressive form of cancer. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024 Though the hospice’s head nurse (Eyla Monterroso Mejia) and a police officer (Jason Burkey), tasked with making sure no one enters the hospice with terror in mind, aren’t spared her condescension or ire. Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French hospise, borrowed from Medieval Latin hospitium "hospitality, lodgings, monastic guesthouse, shelter maintained by a religious order for the poor and infirm," going back to Latin,"accommodation of guests, hired lodgings," from hospit-, hospes "guest, host" + -ium, denominal suffix of function or occupation — more at host entry 1

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hospice was in 1818

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Cite this Entry

“Hospice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospice. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

hospice

noun
hos·​pice ˈhäs-pəs How to pronounce hospice (audio)
1
: an inn for travelers
especially : one kept by a religious order
2
: a place or program for caring for dying persons

Medical Definition

hospice

noun
hos·​pice ˈhäs-pəs How to pronounce hospice (audio)
: a facility or program designed to provide palliative care and emotional support to the terminally ill in a home or homelike setting so that quality of life is maintained and family members may be active participants in care

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