Definition of hospital in English:

hospital

Line breaks: hos|pital
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒspɪt(ə)l
 
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noun

1An institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people.
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
medical institution, medical centre, health centre, clinic, infirmary, sanatorium, nursing home, convalescent home, hospice; Britishcottage hospital; Australian/New Zealandbase hospital; Militaryfield hospital
archaic lazaretto
2 historical A hospice, especially one run by the Knights Hospitaller.
3 [in names] British A charitable institution for the education of the young: Christ’s Hospital

Origin

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

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