\ 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 Most notable is the Stillness Bath, which attempts to mimic the experience of a luxury spa right in your home. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "CES 2021: Ready for smart bathrooms? Kohler unveils app-controlled bathtub," 12 Jan. 2021 For Ashlie Ordonez, owner of the Bare Bar Studio, a spa in Denver, vaccinations for the coronavirus can’t come soon enough. New York Times, "It Could Be a Great Year, if Your Business Survives Winter," 11 Jan. 2021 There’s wildlife on the grounds, paintball, a zip-line, slot machines and a spa. Washington Post, "‘The Bachelor’ premiere: Everything to know about Matt James, who made history as the show’s first Black lead," 5 Jan. 2021 One of the biggest differences between your bathtub and a spa is the ambiance. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "To take the most relaxing bath ever, add some healthy tips," 3 Jan. 2021 Golden Door, the luxury destination spa in northern San Diego County, shut down from March until September. Debra Kamin, WSJ, "Can Spa Resorts Still Be Relaxing During Covid?," 1 Jan. 2021 In Las Vegas, the Reviv wellness spa at the Cosmopolitan hotel offers a PCR test with results and documents promised within 24 hours. NBC News, "Newest amenity at hotels? Covid-19 test at check-in or before your flight," 31 Dec. 2020 First, there’s Six Senses, trying its hand at its first North American property with an ambitious tower of suites and a rambling spa overlooking the High Line. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 20 Best Places to Travel in 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 And a handful have amped up the health and wellness factor, bringing in Eastern medicine gurus and running general health assessments as part of their fitness and spa programs. Candace Jackson, Town & Country, "In High-End Real Estate, Are Doctors the New Doormen?," 27 Dec. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Spa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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