hospital

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 Eric & Jessie: Game On star detailed the incident on her Instagram account in June, alongside a photo of Forrest in his hospital bed enjoying an ice pop and some tablet time. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Jessie James Decker Defends Having a 'Small Group' of Kids Over to Celebrate Son's Birthday," 8 Sep. 2020 And a model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington projects a 170% increase in hospital bed use for Covid-19 patients from now until January 1. John Bonifield And Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "After record low flu season in Australia, US hopes for the same," 7 Sep. 2020 Blake appeared remotely via video conference from his Milwaukee hospital bed, wearing a dress shirt and tie. chicagotribune.com, "Jacob Blake says he’s in constant pain from Kenosha police shooting in video released on Twitter," 6 Sep. 2020 Host Arthel Neville pointed to other comments made by Blake from his hospital bed on Friday. Talia Kaplan, Fox News, "Jacob Blake attorney says family wants accountability, justice," 6 Sep. 2020 Blake was initially handcuffed to his hospital bed with deputies stationed in the room until the open warrant in the domestic case was vacated a week ago after a $500 bail was posted. Elliot Hughes, USA TODAY, "Jacob Blake speaks from his hospital bed: 'Change your lives out there'," 6 Sep. 2020 Blake appeared via a Zoom call from his hospital bed on Friday. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Jacob Blake makes first court appearance from hospital bed after shooting," 5 Sep. 2020 Blake was initially handcuffed to his hospital bed with deputies stationed in the room until the open warrant in the domestic case was vacated a week ago after a $500 bail was posted. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jacob Blake speaks from hospital bed: 'There’s a lot more life to live'," 5 Sep. 2020 In his first public appearance since the shooting, Blake appeared before the court in a shirt and tie from his hospital bed. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "Jacob Blake makes brief court appearance from hospital on charges filed in July," 4 Sep. 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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Last Updated

13 Sep 2020

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“Hospital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospital. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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hospital

noun
How to pronounce hospital (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hospital

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

hospital

noun
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

hospital

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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