Definition of infirmary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈfəːm(ə)ri/

noun (plural infirmaries)

1A hospital: [in names]: the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
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  • There were also in Baghdad numerous colleges of learning, hospitals, infirmaries for both sexes and lunatic asylums.
  • Nuns also provided cheap personnel for preschools, infirmaries, sanitariums, asylums, soup kitchens, and orphanages, especially in the North.
  • Soon the hotel began to resemble an infirmary, with dozens of guests in various stages of illness strewn around the lobby every night.
1.1A place in a large institution for the care of those who are ill: the prison infirmary
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  • When I went down to the prison infirmary, I walked down there on my own and I didn't really lose much blood.
  • Her eyes opened and she stared up at him curiously, seeming not in the least bit surprised to be sleeping in the prison infirmary.
  • Phineas is taken to the school's infirmary where he is cared for by Doctor Stanhope.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin infirmaria, from Latin infirmus (see infirm).

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