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Meaning of hospital by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A room in a hospital.


    From Old French hospital ( Modern French hôpital ), from Latin hospitālis ( “hospitable” ), from hospes ( “host, guest” )


    hospital ( plural: hospitals )

    1. A building designed to diagnose and treat the sick, injured or dying. Usually has a staff of doctors and nurses to aid in the treatment of patients .
    2. A building founded for the long term care of its residents, such as an almshouse. The residents may have no physical ailments, but simply need financial support .
    3. ( obsolete ) A place of lodging.
    4. ( UK, chiefly in prepositional phrases, without determiner or article ) The place and state of being hospitalized .
      Luckily an ambulance arrived quickly and he was rushed to hospital .


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    hospital ( comparative more hospital, superlative most hospital )

    1. ( obsolete ) hospitable
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Explanation of hospital by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a health facility where patients receive treatment

    2. a medical institution where sick or injured people are given medical or surgical care

    Definition of hospital by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Hospital n. [OF. hospital, ospital, F. hôpital, LL. hospitale ( or perh. E. hospital is directly from the Late Latin ), from L. hospitalis relating to a guest, hospitalia apartments for guests, fr. hospes guest. See Host a landlord, and cf. Hostel, Hotel, Spital.]
      1. A place for shelter or entertainment; an inn. [Obs.] Spenser.

      2. A building in which the sick, injured, or infirm are received and treated; a public or private institution founded for reception and cure, or for the refuge, of persons diseased in body or mind, or disabled, infirm, or dependent, and in which they are treated either at their own expense, or more often by charity in whole or in part; a tent, building, or other place where the sick or wounded of an army cared for.

      Hospital ship, a vessel fitted up for a floating hospital. -- Hospital Sunday, a Sunday set apart for simultaneous contribution in churches to hospitals; as, the London Hospital Sunday.

    2. Hospital, a. [L. hospitalis: cf. OF. hospital.] Hospitable. [Obs.] Howell.