hospital

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

Definition of hospital

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

  2. 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. 3 :  a repair shop for specified small objects <a clock hospital>

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


First Known Use: 14th century



HOSPITAL Defined for English Language Learners

hospital

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

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

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

  2. 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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