\ 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 Diffusers are also an efficient way to have essential oils waft throughout your space—like living in a spa, minus the fees. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "14 Calming Scents to Reduce Your Election Anxiety," 2 Nov. 2020 Facials are a spa’s bread and butter, and several owners said that pre-pandemic levels of 10 or more facial bookings per day had dwindled to no more than two to four per day in the opening week. Carolyne Zinko,, "As San Francisco reopens, facials return with a dash of science-fiction precautions," 28 Oct. 2020 Arched doorways navigate the single-story floor plan, and out back, French doors open to a secluded brick patio with a fireplace and in-ground spa. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Vanessa Bryant sells Irvine home she owned with Kobe for $2 million," 27 Oct. 2020 Clusters of infections have emerged from a spa in Washington State, a hockey league in Vermont, a Baptist church in North Carolina and a Sweet 16 party on Long Island. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "As the Coronavirus Surges, a New Culprit Emerges: Pandemic Fatigue," 17 Oct. 2020 This includes an outdoor terrace with grills, a pool, a fitness center with workout machines and a yoga studio, a rooftop deck and a pet spa. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Construction completed on The Lumen at Playhouse Square, adding another tower to Cleveland skyline," 8 Oct. 2020 Adkins, who works in a spa, once collected human hair and sprinkled it on his crop, on the idea that the smell would deter pests. Christopher Borrelli,, "A dedicated cult of growers look to grow the biggest giant pumpkin in Illinois, aiming for 2,000 pounds. And the winner is ...," 2 Oct. 2020 There is also a gym, a music room and a travertine-walled spa with two soaking tubs. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond-Inspired Malibu Home Asks $100 Million," 28 Sep. 2020 Kraft was one of dozens of patrons allegedly caught on secret cameras receiving illicit massages at a West Palm Beach spa in January 2019. Hollie Silverman And Kelly Mccleary, CNN, "Solicitation charges dropped against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft," 24 Sep. 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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15 Nov 2020

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“Spa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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