\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

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Pattinson will be in the Czech spa town, from which the festival takes its name, for the closing gala to receive the event's prestigious President's Award. Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, "Robert Pattinson to Get Karlovy Vary Honor," 27 June 2018 Not many people realize how many gorgeous restaurants and spas there are at Disney World. Juliet Pennington,, "For Angelina Mullins Prattes, Disney World is her magic place," 26 June 2018 The master bath has also been expanded to bring in an airy spa-like quality. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Renovated midcentury with modern kitchen asks $750K," 25 June 2018 Jonathan Jacobs’ dream was to open a full-scale barbershop and spa with massage rooms, pedicure stations, perhaps a room for facials, and, of course, top-of-the line haircuts and beard trimming services complete with hot towels and — ahhh — steam. Elizabeth Wellington,, "A mobile barbershop experience that elevates the culture of the gentleman | Elizabeth Wellington," 21 June 2018 The master suite includes a dressing room and new spa bath leading to a laundry room. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes with water features in Hopkinton and Boxford," 25 May 2018 Built in 1929, the house has a family room with a loft, a sun room, two living rooms, a master suite with a spa bath, three fireplaces and hardwood floors. Bob Goldsborough,, "News anchor Sylvia Perez sells Hinsdale home for $1.33 million," 3 Apr. 2018 The master suite is almost another living area of its own, as this level consists of two sitting areas, a fireplace, a spa bath, and a private, two-tiered deck that expands on the scenic views from the main levels of the house. Nate Owen,, "Property of the Week: 2910 Mountain Road, Suffield," 18 Aug. 2017 The spa was dark and below ground and didn't rank nationally or even locally. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Check out the Phoenician resort's fresh look: New spa, golf course, lobby," 11 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.

: 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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a private place of worship

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