spa

noun
\ 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

Spa

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

Noun

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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Sigmund Freud Some homeowners fantasize about putting in a chef’s kitchen or a spa bathroom. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Doctor Is in (the House)," 31 Jan. 2019 Reconnection to the inner self is the touchstone of California’s most renowned spa. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 Many high-end spas have started offering vaginal and anal bleaching, from laser treatments to specialized peels to lighten the area. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "The dangerous rise of vaginal lightening," 6 Dec. 2018 There is ice skating, snowshoeing, boutique shopping, and pampering spas. Discover Magazine, "The Great Snow of Beaver Creek," 3 Oct. 2018 Mindbody, which makes software for wellness businesses like yoga studios and spas, will be a customer of Stripe. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Stripe built a payments powerhouse by focusing on e-commerce. Now it’s following its customers into bricks and mortar.," 17 Sep. 2018 Show your pet some love at pet spa Bark Williams and then show yourself some love with a giant plate of nachos at M Street Kitchen where your dog can people watch with you outside. Jessica Migala, Country Living, "7 Great Cities to Visit With Your Dog," 26 July 2018 Prior to the program, screenings and spa services will be offered beginning at 4 p.m., including chair massages, mini express manicures/hand massages, bone density screenings, personal trainer consultations and bra fittings. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 3 July 2018 Nearby, the Viceroy Snowmass just finished construction on an outdoor pool and spa-like soaking tubs to soothe weary limbs. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of spa

Noun

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spa

Noun

Spa, watering place in Belgium

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spa

noun

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

spa

noun
\ 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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