Definition of hospital in English:


Syllabification: hos·pi·tal
Pronunciation: /ˈhäˌspidl


1An institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people.
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  • My doctor has referred me to the eye clinic at the local hospital for surgical treatment.
  • The medical wards of hospitals admit the oldest and sickest people in our community.
  • Neath is a smaller hospital with a busy medical intake but no acute surgical services.
infirmary, medical center, health center, clinic, sanatorium, hospice;
Military field hospital
dated asylum
2 historical A hospice, especially one run by the Knights Hospitaller.
3 [usually in names] British Law A charitable institution for the education of the young.


Middle English (sense 2): via Old French from medieval Latin hospitale, neuter of Latin hospitalis 'hospitable', from hospes, hospit- (see host1).

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