\ ˈspä How to pronounce spa (audio) , ˈspȯ \

Definition of spa

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a mineral spring
b : a resort with mineral springs
2 : a fashionable resort or hotel
3 New England : soda fountain
4 : a commercial establishment providing facilities devoted especially to health, fitness, weight loss, beauty, and relaxation
5 : a hot tub with a whirlpool device


geographical name
\ ˈspä How to pronounce Spa (audio) \

Definition of Spa (Entry 2 of 2)

town southeast of Liège in the Wallonia region in eastern Belgium population 10,394

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Examples of spa in a Sentence

Noun Their property includes a swimming pool and spa. a six-month membership in a health spa with the specific purpose of losing weight
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The UFO Smart Mask Treatment, a beauty device that maximizes your skin’s absorption of K-beauty masks, is half-off this Cyber Monday week, giving you the chance to get an affordable and spa-level DIY facial in the comfort of your living room. Claudia Fisher,, "The Facial Cleansing Devices Used by Miley Cyrus, Chrissy Teigen, and Even John Legend Are Up to 50% Off," 2 Dec. 2019 The unpretentious, laid-back cafe, bar, and day spa hybrid quickly became a New York City favorite, with enough demand to merit a second location in Soho. Tanisha Pina, Marie Claire, "The Beauty Products These Five CEOs Swear By," 2 Dec. 2019 Experiential Wellness People love to experience wellness — with the most common being spa retreats, fitness pop-ups and wellness festivals. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "2020 Will Be The Year of Self-Care With These Top Health and Wellness Trends," 25 Nov. 2019 Prizes include $500 off an Invisalign treatment from Smile by White, a six-month spa membership at Hand and Stone Facial and Massage, a donut decorating party from Big Mouth Donuts and a variety of gift certificates from local merchants. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Carriage rides, ice sculptures, prizes among special features of Downtown River Holiday Walk: West Shore Chatter," 25 Nov. 2019 Some interpret Brady’s scene coming out of a strip-mall spa that’s central to the cloning premise of the show as trolling Patriots owner Robert Kraft., "Welcome to Tom Brady’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.," 24 Nov. 2019 Throw in a digital detox and spa indulgence, and you’re right there. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Get off the grid: 30 relaxing Thanksgiving getaways in Texas," 23 Nov. 2019 The cards can be used for dining, spa services and guest rooms. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Top travel deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: Hotels, tours and resorts," 22 Nov. 2019 Anuat, 30, was joined by Lenny Divine, 41, and Juan Caride, 39, marketing professionals at Live Colors who work on web design and graphics projects for clients, as well as Javi Gonzalez, 41, who owns a spa. Andrew Boryga,, "ONLY in DADE showcases a ‘raw and uncut’ Miami," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of spa


1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spa


Spa, watering place in Belgium

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6 Dec 2019

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“Spa.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of spa

: a place where water that has many minerals in it comes up naturally from the ground and where people go to improve their health by swimming in, bathing in, or drinking the water
: a place where people go to improve their health and appearance by exercising, relaxing, etc.
US : a bathtub in which a pump causes hot water and air bubbles to move around your body


\ ˈspä, ˈspȯ How to pronounce spa (audio) \

Medical Definition of spa

1a : a mineral spring
b : a resort with mineral springs
2 : a commercial establishment (as a resort) providing facilities devoted especially to health, fitness, weight loss, beauty, and relaxation

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