a member of a religious military society (Knights of Malta) organized during the Middle Ages to care for the sick and needy
Origin of HospitalerMiddle English ; from Old French hospitalier ; from Medieval Latin ; from hospitalarius ; from Late Latin hospitale
- A member of a military religious order founded among European crusaders in 12th-century Jerusalem to care for sick and needy pilgrims.
- A member of any of several religious orders dedicated to the care of sick or needy persons.
Origin of HospitalerMiddle English Hospiteler, from Old French hospitalier, from Medieval Latin hospitalarius, giver of hospitality, from hospitale, hospice; see hospital.
- Alternative form of hospitaller.