hospice

noun
hos·​pice | \ ˈhä-spəs How to pronounce hospice (audio) \

Definition of hospice

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

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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 Pulaski County coroner's office said Roy died Thursday under hospice care at his home. Arkansas Online, "Ophthalmologist, ex-director, author Roy of Little Rock dies at 83," 10 Oct. 2020 Foster, who served as governor from 1996 to 2004, entered hospice care last week, CNN affiliate WDSU reported. Kay Jones And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Mike Foster, former Louisiana governor, has died at 90," 4 Oct. 2020 Dear Amy: My grandmother recently went into hospice care. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Grandchild thinks estranged family should be told grandmother is dying," 3 Oct. 2020 Dear Amy: My grandmother recently went into hospice care. Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Family estrangement continues to the end," 3 Oct. 2020 Dear Amy: My grandmother recently went into hospice care. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Family estrangement continues to the end," 3 Oct. 2020 In confirming the death, Kenneth Mullinax, a friend and a family spokesman, said Mr. Graetz had been in hospice care in recent months with Parkinson’s disease. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "Robert S. Graetz, Rare White Minister to Back Bus Boycott, Dies at 92," 20 Sep. 2020 Terrance Story of Euclid died Sept. 6 after spending more than three weeks in a hospital and in hospice care, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Man dies weeks after pummeling at Cleveland gas station," 15 Sep. 2020 Dear Amy: My grandmother recently went into hospice care. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Family estrangement continues to the end," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hospice

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hospice

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 3

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The first known use of hospice was in 1818

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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hospice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospice. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for hospice

hospice

noun
How to pronounce hospice (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hospice

: a place that provides care for people who are dying
somewhat old-fashioned : a place where travelers can stay especially : an inn kept by people in a religious organization

hospice

noun
hos·​pice | \ ˈhäs-pəs How to pronounce hospice (audio) \

Medical Definition of hospice

: 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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