\ 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


Their property includes a swimming pool and spa. a six-month membership in a health spa with the specific purpose of losing weight

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Early in the night, Jessica Zuback, 23, of Woodbine starts out in the spa. Yvonne Wenger, Washington Post, "Baltimore’s nightclub for disabled adults fosters love, friendship and inclusion," 4 June 2019 The spa felt like a girls den and a safe space for self-love. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "I Got a Vagina Facial, and Honestly Loved It," 28 Feb. 2019 Or check out the spa, which periodically has treatments inspired by, or even featuring, honey, especially during September, National Honey Month. Nathan Hurst, San Francisco Chronicle, "Monterey is California’s honey hub," 30 May 2018 To take that peace one step further, there’s the spa. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, "Inside Amanyara, a Peaceful Sanctuary in Turks and Caicos," 15 May 2018 Aside from being located in a plush 11,000-square-foot space inside the tony Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, the spa has some of the best bath and beauty products in the region. John-john Williams Iv,, "Best of Baltimore 2018: Lifestyle and shopping," 11 Apr. 2018 For the first few days, that can feel like forced relaxation, especially on river cruise ships, which don’t have the seemingly endless diversions that ocean cruise ships have, like pools, spas, and fitness centers. Krisanne Fordham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Wine Cruises Might Be the Best Way to See Wine Country," 28 Nov. 2018 In addition to a pool and spa, the grounds contain a fountain, a covered patio and a deck that draws mountain views. Jack Flemming,, "Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean eyes a home sale in Westlake Village," 11 July 2018 Centrally located in town with modern guest rooms, bucolic gardens, pools, and luxurious spas, the two hotels are popular choices in the area. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "A Tiny Town Neighboring Napa Is the Next California Culinary Destination," 5 July 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.
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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