The emergency entrance to a hospital.
- An example of hospital is where an ambulance would take you.
- An example of hospital is where someone would go to have surgery done.
- a place of shelter and rest for travelers, etc.
- a charitable institution for providing and caring for the aged, infirm, orphaned, etc.: now only in names
- an institution providing medical, surgical, or psychiatric testing and treatment for people who are ill, injured, pregnant, etc. on an inpatient, outpatient, or emergency care basis: often involved with public health programs, research, medical education, etc.: in British English, usually without an article when preceded by a preposition
- Informal a repair shop for dolls, clocks, or other small items
Origin of hospitalMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Late Latin hospitale, a house, inn ; from Classical Latin (cubiculum) hospitale, guest (room), neuter of hospitalis, of a guest ; from hospes: see hospice
- a. A facility that provides emergency, inpatient, and usually outpatient medical care for sick or injured people.b. A facility that provides veterinary care for sick or injured animals.
- Chiefly British A charitable institution, such as an orphanage or a home for the elderly.
- A repair shop for specified items: a doll hospital.
- Archaic A hospice for travelers or pilgrims.
Origin of hospitalMiddle 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- (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.
(comparative more hospital, superlative most hospital)
- (obsolete) hospitable
From Old French hospital (Modern French hôpital), from Latin hospitālis (“hospitable”), from hospes (“host, guest”)