noun, often attributive
hos·​pi·​tal | \ ˈhä-(ˌ)spi-tᵊl How to pronounce hospital (audio) \

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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The victim was rushed to a hospital and listed as stable. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Victim survives after being shot multiple times at Fort Worth convenience store," 5 July 2019 In 2019, though, ransomware isn't just targeting hospitals and small businesses. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far," 5 July 2019 All four were taken to a hospital and are in stable condition, according to authorities. Colleen Shalby,, "Fourth of July shooting leaves 4 wounded, including a teenage girl," 5 July 2019 In a statement, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said the Ridgecrest hospital and several apartment buildings had been evacuated and temporary shelters opened at two locations, including a Walmart. Tim Arango,, "Powerful quake and waves of aftershocks rattle Southern California," 4 July 2019 Take the Hawkins National Laboratory, for example, which is actually a former psychiatric hospital (and now part of Emory University's Briarcliff Campus): And Hawkins Middle School, where so much of the show's three seasons have taken place? Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Hawkins, Indiana From 'Stranger Things' Doesn’t Exist, But Here’s Where the Show Films," 4 July 2019 Field hospitals and ambulances ferrying the wounded have come under attack. The Economist, "A warlord’s offensive against Tripoli is flagging," 4 July 2019 Another study of 36 hospitals and skilled nursing facilities found that nearly one in five doses administered were in error. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "The 'sad, scary case' of how a nursing home whistleblower exposed a fatal cover-up," 3 July 2019 Some were sent to the hospital and others went to detention centers. Matthew Farwell, The New Republic, "America’s Once and Future Concentration Camp," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of hospital

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hospital

Middle English hospital, ospitale "residence for pilgrims and travelers, charitable institution providing residence for the poor and infirm," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin hospitāle, going back to Latin, in plural hospitālia "guest accommodations" (probably by ellipsis from hospitāle cubiculum "sleeping room for guests"), noun derivative from neuter of hospitālis "of a guest, of hospitality, hospitable," from hospit-, hospes "guest, host" + -ālis -al entry 1 — more at host entry 3

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English Language Learners Definition of hospital

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


hos·​pi·​tal | \ ˈhä-ˌspi-tᵊl How to pronounce hospital (audio) \

Kids Definition of hospital

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


noun, often attributive
hos·​pi·​tal | \ ˈhäs-ˌpit-ᵊl How to pronounce hospital (audio) \

Medical Definition of hospital

1 : a charitable institution for the needy, aged, infirm, or young
2a : 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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