Definition of hospital in English:


Syllabification: hos·pi·tal
Pronunciation: /ˈhäˌspitl


  • 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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