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 hospit&amacron;l&amacron;rius, giver of hospitality, from hospit&amacron;le, hospice; see hospital.
- Alternative form of hospitaller.