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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But now, several publications are reporting that Meghan's son was born in a hospital. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Gave Birth to Her Son Archie in a Hospital, Despite Rumors of a Home Birth," 8 May 2019 Ripley was in the hospital after passing out at a flower shop. Megan Stein, Country Living, "The ‘Station 19’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Crossover Killed Off a Major Character," 4 May 2019 Jerry pooled all his Christmas money to pay for their meals in the hospital. Kate T. Parker, Good Housekeeping, "I Didn't Think Boys Needed to Hear a Message of Self-Acceptance. I Was So Wrong.," 30 Apr. 2019 Sophie, Countess of Wessex Sophie’s daughter Lady Louise was born prematurely and by emergency Caesarean section on November 8, 2003, after Sophie was rushed to the hospital with a placental abruption. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Will Meghan Markle's Maternity Leave Compare with Queen Elizabeth's?," 14 Apr. 2019 For Prince Louis, for example, Kensington Palace tweeted that the Duchess was in labor and en route to the hospital. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Announce the Royal Baby," 11 Apr. 2019 Often people ask to go for rides just to chat with her, and once a pregnant passenger delivered a baby in her front seat en route to the hospital. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 Luckily, after a weeklong stint in the hospital and some antibiotics, the patient is doing fine, according to BMJ Journals, which published the case report earlier this month. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Man Got an Infection in His Skull After Using Cotton Swabs," 18 Mar. 2019 But the study’s authors also found traces of more dangerous bacteria like Staph aureus, which are more commonly found in places like hospitals. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Found Loads of Bacteria and Fungi on the ISS," 8 Apr. 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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