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

Examples of hospital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The injured woman is recovering at a local hospital. J.r. Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "Employee shot during robbery at SE Houston smoke shop," 15 Feb. 2020 Miller, who has been covering the Red Sox in spring training since the early 1970s, fell ill at Thursday’s workout and is recovering at a local hospital. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Alex Verdugo, Kevin Pillar being evaluated by Red Sox doctors," 14 Feb. 2020 The patient, who had been flown to at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, is now in isolation at a hospital and was reported in stable condition. Dallas News, "Coronavirus case confirmed in Texas, the 15th in the U.S.," 13 Feb. 2020 The woman, who was not identified by police, died Sunday at a hospital as a result of her burn injuries, according to an email update from Sgt. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Woman dies 6 days after hot water poured on her during an overdose in Scottsdale," 13 Feb. 2020 The Post-Deployment Rehabilitation and Evaluation Program (PREP) at a hospital in Tampa aims to treat physical injuries and the mental health of service members. CBS News, "Exclusive: Florida VA program helps elite warriors heal unseen wounds of war," 12 Feb. 2020 At least one person at a hospital in southeastern Texas is being tested for the novel coronavirus that has killed some 563 people and has sickened more than 28,000 people worldwide. Fox News, "Man back from China tested for coronavirus at Texas hospital after experiencing flu-like symptoms," 7 Feb. 2020 Mr Li, an ophthalmologist at a hospital in the city, had been summoned by officers after sharing information through WeChat, a social-media platform, about a new coronavirus that few people then knew about. The Economist, "Mourning for a medic Li Wenliang’s death is a new crisis for China’s rulers," 7 Feb. 2020 Richards sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound and later died at a local hospital. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Feds capture suspect in fatal Montgomery shooting," 7 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of hospital was in the 14th century

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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hospital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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