hospital

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

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 and Etymology 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



HOSPITAL Defined for English Language Learners

hospital

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Definition of hospital for English Language Learners

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


HOSPITAL Defined for Kids

hospital

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noun hos·pi·tal \ ˈhä-ˌspi-tᵊl \

Definition of hospital for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

hospital

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noun, often attributive hos·pi·tal \ 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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