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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A shelter or lodging for travelers, pilgrims, foundlings, or the destitute, especially one maintained by a monastic order.
  • noun A program that provides palliative care and attends to the emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients at an inpatient facility or at the patient's home.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A house of entertainment and refuge for strangers; especially, such an establishment kept by monks on some passes in the Alps to give shelter and aid to travelers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A convent or monastery which is also a place of refuge or entertainment for travelers on some difficult road or pass, as in the Alps. Bernard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The provision of palliative care for terminally ill patients, either at a specialized facility or at a residence, and support for the family, typically refraining from taking extraordinary measures to prolong life.
  • noun countable A specialized facility or organization offering palliative care for the terminally ill.
  • noun countable, dated A lodging for pilgrims or the destitute, normally provided by a monastic order.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a lodging for travelers (especially one kept by a monastic order)
  • noun a program of medical and emotional care for the terminally ill

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French, from Latin hospitium, hospitality, from hospes, hospit-, host; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French hospice, from Old French hospise, from Latin hospitium ("hospitality, an inn").

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