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hospitaller Line breaks: hos¦pi¦tal|ler
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒspɪt(ə)lə/
(US hospitaler)

Definition of hospitaller in English:


A member of a charitable religious order, originally the Knights Hospitaller.
Example sentences
  • Two smaller orders followed similar paths: St Lazarus, a hospitaller order caring for lepers since the 1130s, and St Thomas of Acre, a house of regular canons founded c. 1190, both became militarized in the 1220s.
  • The village cross was the place where an annual tribute of 1,500 red herring and 1,500 white herring was handed from the Abbot of Whitby to the hospitallers of St Leonard's in York.


Middle English: from Old French hospitalier, from medieval Latin hospitalarius, from hospitale (see hospital).

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