from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An institution that provides medical, surgical, or psychiatric care and treatment for the sick or the injured.
- n. Chiefly British A charitable institution, such as an orphanage or a home for the elderly.
- n. A repair shop for specified items: a doll hospital.
- n. Archaic A hospice for travelers or pilgrims.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. A place of lodging.
- n. The place and state of being hospitalized.
- adj. hospitable
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place for shelter or entertainment; an inn.
- n. 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.
- adj. Hospitable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place of shelter or entertainment; an inn.
- n. An institution or establishment for dispensing hospitality or caring for the needy; an asylum for shelter or maintenance.
- n. Now, specifically, an establishment or institution for the care of the sick or wounded, or of such as require medical or surgical treatment.
- n. In the navy, the designation formerly given to the apothecary.
- n. The tennis now extended to include establishments for the care and cure of sick or injured animals, such as horses, dogs, cats, etc.
- To receive and care for in a hospital.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a health facility where patients receive treatment
- n. a medical institution where sick or injured people are given medical or surgical care
Middle English, hospice, from Old French ospital, from Medieval Latin hospitāle, from neuter of Latin hospitālis, of a guest, from hospes, hospit-, guest; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French hospital (Modern French hôpital), from Latin hospitālis ("hospitable"), from hospes ("host, guest") (Wiktionary)