American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hospital treating contagious diseases.
- n. A building or ship used as a quarantine station.
- n. Nautical A storage space between the decks of a ship.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hospital or pest-house for the reception of diseased persons, particularly of those affected with contagious diseases; also, a prison hospital. At seaports the name is often given to a vessel used for this purpose.
- n. A building or vessel where ships' crews, passengers, and goods are detained during quarantine.
- n. In some large merchant ships, a place near the stern where provisions and stores for the voyage are kept.
- n. A medical facility specializing in the care for contagious patients.
- n. A ship or building used for quarantine.
- n. nautical An area on some merchant ships where provisions are stored.
- n. hospital for persons with infectious diseases (especially leprosy)
- n. a small locker at the stern of a boat or between decks of a ship
- From Italian lazzaretto. (Wiktionary)
- Italian lazzaretto : blend of lazzaro, lazar (from Late Latin Lazarus, Lazarus; see lazar) and dialectal Nazareto, popular name for a hospital maintained in Venice by the Church of Santa Maria di Nazaret. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“There is a very large lazaretto, which is said to be one of the best managed in the world.”
“* A lazaretto was usually a pest-house for smallpox and other contagious diseases, but here is used for quarantine. but Neilson happily was the very officer, from whom we should have had our certificate, so having the seal of office in his trunk, *”
“The lazaretto is a wretched building, with a flagstaff and two houses projecting on the two sides.”
“Chris, who could now lash the wheel, covered the tired man with blankets from below, and went fishing in the lazaretto for something to eat.”
“The public was even admitted by a sort of lazaretto entrance on the street.”
“I have now come far enough to meet you on a common ground of fact; and I tell you that, to a mind not prejudiced by jealousy, all the reforms of the lazaretto, and even those which he most vigorously opposed, are properly the work of Damien.”
“When I visited the lazaretto, Damien was already in his resting grave.”
“Such an occurrence as a death in a lazaretto, mere selfishness renders striking.”
“Egypt, with a mother to bewail his loss, another we buried in the dismal lazaretto cemetery.”
“A doctor felt his pulse by deputy — a clergyman comes from the town to read the last service over him — and the friends, who attend his funeral, are marshalled by lazaretto-guardians, so as not to touch each other.”
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