in·fir·ma·ry | \in-ˈfərm-rē, -ˈfər-mə-\
plural infirmaries

Definition of infirmary 

1 : a place (as in a school or prison) where sick or injured individuals receive care and treatment

2 : a large medical facility : hospital Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Examples of infirmary in a Sentence

One of the students became ill and was sent to the infirmary.

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On a recent day, one huge steer languished in the ranch’s infirmary with an herb pack applied to an aching knee. Oliver Griffin, WSJ, "Like Your Steak Aged 36 Months? Try 17 Years," 10 July 2018 According to the website Tales of Eloise, more than 7,000 former residents of the Eloise hospital and infirmary are buried there. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Historic and 'haunted' Eloise Complex in Westland sold for $1," 21 June 2018 Ambulances, doctors and nurses were gathered at Quonset and 225 cots were set up in the station infirmary., "May 27, 1954: Explosion rips carrier Bennington," 27 May 2018 Brother Reilly, meanwhile, was resting in the infirmary. John L’heureux, The New Yorker, "The Long Black Line," 14 May 2018 Yet stricter infirmaries did not allow them, for fear of self-harm. The Economist, "An alarming rise in mental-health sectioning in Britain," 19 Apr. 2018 Militants had taken over the hospital and used it as an infirmary for their wounded. Ben C. Solomon And Felipe Villamor, New York Times, "Filipinos Get a Glimpse of Their Ruined City. The Chinese Get the Contract.," 10 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, in the aftermath, Maggie left people in the infirmary with almost no one watching over them. Steve Johnson,, "Showtime at the Hilltop: A big 'Walking Dead' battle leaves questions for all," 26 Mar. 2018 Centers for Disease Control and PreventionMonty Davis Adults on the Orlando trip set up a triage infirmary in the hotel lobby to take care of those who were ill. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Norovirus suspected in illness that struck about 50 Lawrence High School band members | The Kansas City Star," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of infirmary

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of infirmary

: a place where sick people stay and are cared for in a school, prison, summer camp, etc.


in·fir·ma·ry | \in-ˈfər-mə-rē \
plural infirmaries

Kids Definition of infirmary

: a place for the care and housing of sick people


in·fir·ma·ry | \in-ˈfərm-(ə-)rē \
plural infirmaries

Medical Definition of infirmary 

: a place especially in a school or college for the care and treatment of the sick

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