\ 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

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 Bolza, an architect, designed everything, from the beams to the lampshades, as well as a Roman-style spa in the former wine cellar. Travel, 5 Jan. 2022 If the public parks aren’t enough, there’s also a chic backyard with a swimming pool, as well as a rooftop deck with a fire pit and spa. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2022 After a day on the mountain, relax at the resort's spa by Sothys or enjoy dinner in one of the hotel's two restaurants. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 3 Jan. 2022 Underground, the hotel features a spa and a 25-meter swimming pool. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 31 Dec. 2021 The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel has recently wrapped a multi-year refurbishment, resulting in new guest rooms; a new restaurant, Dowling’s at The Carlyle; and a new Valmont spa. Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Of course, the desert utopia also comes with its own pool, spa, putting green and an entire guest wing (with two bedrooms) for when company comes to stay. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 29 Dec. 2021 Get pampered at the hotel’s spa and salon, Rose, and visit the rooftop fitness center to keep up your workout routine on some of the latest equipment, including the Peloton, while taking in city views. Brittney Oliver, Essence, 28 Dec. 2021 The huge grounds also contain more than 20 food and drink outlets, including seven gourmet dining options, a high-end spa with VIP suites, sport courts, swimming pools surrounded by landscaped gardens, corporate facilities and a marina. Dimitris Sideridis, CNN, 22 Dec. 2021

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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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“Spa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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 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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