lazaretto

noun
laz·​a·​ret·​to | \ ˌla-zə-ˈre-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce lazaretto (audio) \
variants: or lazaret \ ˌla-​zə-​ˈret How to pronounce lazaret (audio) \ or less commonly lazarette \ ˌla-​zə-​ˈret How to pronounce lazarette (audio) \
plural lazarettos or lazarets also lazarettes

Definition of lazaretto

1 usually lazaretto : an institution (such as a hospital) for those with contagious diseases
2 : a building or a ship used for detention in quarantine
3 usually lazaret or lazarette : a space in a ship between decks used as a storeroom

Examples of lazaretto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Closed to commercial flights, the airport has become a kind of lazaretto, reported the Wall Street Journal in mid-April, raising human rights concerns. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, "Trump’s Deportation Flights Are Inflaming the Pandemic," 14 May 2020 For centuries, leper colonies and lazarettos had sequestered bodies and cargos suspected of carrying disease. Timothy Kent Holliday, Smithsonian Magazine, "What an 1836 Typhus Outbreak Taught the Medical World About Epidemics," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of lazaretto

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lazaretto

Italian lazzaretto, alteration of Nazaretto, quarantine station in Venice, from Santa Maria di Nazareth, church on the island where it was located

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“Lazaretto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lazaretto. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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lazaretto

noun
laz·​a·​ret·​to | \ ˌlaz-ə-ˈret-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce lazaretto (audio) \
variants: or lazaret \ -​ˈret How to pronounce lazaret (audio) , -​ˈrēt How to pronounce lazaret (audio) \
plural lazarettos or lazarets

Medical Definition of lazaretto

1 usually lazaretto : an institution (as a hospital) for those with contagious diseases
2 : a building or a ship used for detention in quarantine

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