There are 2 definitions of Spa in English:

Spa

Syllabification: Spa
Pronunciation: /spä
 
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  • A small town in eastern Belgium, southeast of Liège; population 10,549 (2008). It has been celebrated since medieval times for the curative properties of its mineral springs.

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There are 2 definitions of Spa in English:

spa

Syllabification: spa
Pronunciation: /spä
 
/

noun

  • 1A mineral spring considered to have health-giving properties.
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    • Karlovy Vary is a spa town famous for its mineral waters and their medicinal qualities.
    • Restoration hopes for a spa town's premier listed building are sinking following claims that it is likely to miss out on vital funding from the Government's regeneration agency.
    • Head into the wooded foothills to Badenweiler, a spa town with that mix of classical gentility, raffishness and effusive horticulture that marks the better thermal spots.
    Synonyms
    mineral spring, source
    literary wellspring, fount
    Japanese onsen
  • 1.1A place or resort with a mineral spring.
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    • Some of the most rapidly growing towns in the mid-nineteenth century were the very antithesis of industrial centres: these were the seaside resorts, fashionable spas, and tourist attractions, such as Rome.
    • Many of the hostages, especially children, were sent to Black Sea spas and resorts with their families.
    • Velingrad is a well-known spa and climatic resort in south Bulgaria.
  • 1.2A commercial establishment offering health and beauty treatment through such means as steam baths, exercise equipment, and massage.
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    • Many health clubs, sports centres, beauty clinics, complementary therapy centres and health spas now offer aromatherapy massage.
    • A tepidarium, rapid tanning room, hairdressing salon, spa and beauty treatment rooms complete the picture.
    • High end beauty spas and massage places are getting coach loads of visitors every day and karaoke bars are doing a roaring trade.
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  • 1.3A bath or small pool containing hot aerated water.
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    • The largest of the four bedrooms has a wide bay window, mirrored wardrobes and an en suite bathroom complete with a Jacuzzi spa bath.
    • Hope and Karen were reclining recently in the spa pool at the gym, relaxing in the warm water, an environment conducive to making sudden leaps of insight.
    • He was hoisted into a spa bath with the jets turned on and bubble bath added to five inches of water.

Origin

early 17th century: from Spa.

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