\ ˈspä , 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 \

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


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 Saletoga Sands Resort boasts two restaurants, four bars, a day spa, swimming pool with a swim-up pool bar, a gym, water sports equipment, a water park and more. USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Seven nights in Fiji and Samoa for $2,349," 12 July 2018 After a five-hour hearing last week, Mundelein trustees voted to suspend the business license of a spa where a masseuse was charged with prostitution last month. Rick Kambic,, "Following prostitution arrest, Mundelein suspends spa's business license," 10 July 2018 Among its amenities are a poolside food and beverage service, a 6,000-square-foot fitness center and a pet spa. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "In Miami, a $300 Million Skyscraper Is Banking On Unrest in Turkey," 10 July 2018 More homeowners are opting to lose the bathroom tub and instead design a spacious shower with luxurious fixtures to give it a spa like feel. Stacy Argo, Houston Chronicle, "Sleek, modern shower doors provide streamlined look," 8 July 2018 The Ocean Resort Casino plans to offer non-gambling attractions, such as a driving range and a large spa. Talia Kirkland, Fox News, "Casino building boom in Atlantic City promises Jersey Shore revival," 25 June 2018 Gorgeous drawing rooms with log fires, books and more books, a spa to come. Victoria Mather, A-LIST, "India Files: the Princely Grandeur of Rajasthan," 20 June 2018 Outside, an Infinity edge pool with spa awaits bathers who can gaze across the Intracoastal toward mangroves and the ocean. David Lyons,, "Boca waterfront mansion a finalist in HGTV's 'Ultimate House Hunt'," 18 June 2018 The Eclipse brings luxury to cutting-edge expedition cruising, with personal butlers, 24-hour room service, almost one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio, and a 5,920-square-foot spa. Veronica Stoddart, Condé Nast Traveler, "New Expedition Ships: Small but Mighty Appealing," 14 June 2018

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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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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.

: a bathtub in which a pump causes hot water and air bubbles to move around your body


\ ˈspä, ˈspȯ \

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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