- a place of shelter for travelers, esp. such a shelter maintained by monks
- a home for the sick or poor
- a homelike facility to provide supportive care for terminally ill patients
Origin of hospiceFrench ; from Classical Latin hospitium, hospitality, inn, lodging ; from hospes, host, guest ; from an unverified form hostipots ; from hostis, stranger, enemy ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghostis, stranger, guest (from source guest, Old Church Slavonic gospodi) + an unverified form potis, master: see despot
- A shelter or lodging for travelers, pilgrims, foundlings, or the destitute, especially one maintained by a monastic order.
- 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.
Origin of hospiceFrench, from Old French, from Latin hospitium, hospitality, from hospes, hospit-, host; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural hospices)
- (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.
- (countable) A specialized facility or organization offering palliative care for the terminally ill.
- (countable, dated) A lodging for pilgrims or the destitute, normally provided by a monastic order.