valetudinary

adjective
val·​e·​tu·​di·​nary | \ ˌva-lə-ˈtü-də-ˈner-ē How to pronounce valetudinary (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of valetudinary

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valetudinary

noun
plural valetudinaries

Definition of valetudinary (Entry 2 of 2)

First Known Use of valetudinary

Adjective

1581, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1665, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for valetudinary

Adjective

borrowed from Latin valētūdinārius "incapacitated by ill health, invalid," from valētūdin-, valētūdō "good health, health in general, illness" (from valēre "to have strength, be well" + -tūdin-, -tūdō, suffix forming abstract nouns) + -ārius -ary entry 2 — more at wield

Noun

noun derivative of valetudinary entry 1

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The first known use of valetudinary was in 1581

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“Valetudinary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valetudinary. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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