\ 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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An additional five Uptown businesses offer nail and/or spa services only. Jennifer Johnson,, "Park Ridge City Council approves salon for Uptown commercial block," 7 Sep. 2019 The ground-floor master suite has a lavish marbled spa-like bathroom, as well as an enormous mirrored dressing room. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Drew Barrymore’s Former Montecito Home Is On the Market For $9.9 Million," 6 Sep. 2019 The sauna- and Jacuzzi-packed Korean spa is open 24/7, and even serves traditional cuisine to satiate the restless. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Must-Visit Spas & Salons in Los Angeles," 6 Sep. 2019 The 128 bedrooms are spread out among two- to 10-bedroom cottages, Harbor Village suites, a main lodge, spa suites, and 10 rooms in an on-property lighthouse. Pamela Wright,, "Bring on the sing-alongs and s’mores at Sebasco Harbor Resort," 3 Sep. 2019 Sugar Land Police are asking for the public’s help to track down a Mercedes-driving burglar who used a grinding saw to cut through the front door of a beauty spa to steal anti-aging products. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land Police searching for Mercedes-driving botox-clinic burglar," 29 Aug. 2019 Her family survived the first attack in an air-raid shelter, though their house burnt down; she was sent to Rauschen, a spa town on the Baltic Sea coast, the next day. C.g. | Berlin And Kaliningrad, The Economist, "Commemorating the devastation of Königsberg," 29 Aug. 2019 The 21st floor includes a full-service, luxury spa, fitness center, expansive pool deck and contemporary bar. William Thornton |, al, "Brasfield & Gorrie on track with Nashville luxury hotel project," 29 Aug. 2019 Some of these are being called in by hotel groups to offer guests more than just a traditional spa. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Biomarkers, Sweat Lodges, and Shamans: Today's Wellness Retreats Go Far Beyond a Detox," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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