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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Over 400 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year, according to the CDC, and another 4,000 wind up in the hospital. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 The boys are currently recuperating in a hospital in Chiang Rai province. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "After a Successful Cave Rescue, Thailand's Navy SEALs Will Add Cave-Diving to Their Training," 13 July 2018 Mike Ilitch was in the hospital at the time, and his son, Atanas, was in charge. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Should Detroit Red Wings retire Sergei Fedorov's No. 91? It's time.," 12 July 2018 One of the two people recently exposed to the Novichok nerve agent in Britain died in hospital, prompting police to launch a murder inquiry. The Economist, "Politics this week," 12 July 2018 The first images of some of the boys rescued from the Thai cave resting in a hospital in Thailand. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "The Thai Cave Rescue, Before Its Triumph, Teetered on the Brink of Disaster," 11 July 2018 He was declared dead by suicide in the hospital at 5:07 p.m. that day. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "A Carmel High School student's suicide raises questions over how schools discipline kids," 11 July 2018 Family members were finally able to visit the boys in the hospital on Wednesday, July 11, CNN reported. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "The Thai Soccer Players Are Being Reunited With Families Following Their Cave Rescue," 11 July 2018 And most notably for his own legacy as a general manager, West worked himself into a frazzle in the summer of 1996 to lure free-agent Shaquille O'Neal to the Lakers, days of nonstop negotiation that landed West in the hospital. Jack Mccallum,, "Go West, Big Man: The Logo on LeBron James and the Allure of Los Angeles," 11 July 2018

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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, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin hospitale hospice, guest house, from neuter of Latin hospitalis of a guest, from hospit-, hospes

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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 \

Kids Definition of hospital

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


noun, often attributive
hos·pi·tal | \ˈhäs-ˌpit-ᵊl \

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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