- Historical a public hospital for poor people having contagious diseases, esp. for lepers
- a building or ship used as a quarantine station
- a storage space below deck in the stern of a ship or boat
Origin of lazarettoItalian ; from Venetian lazareto, nazareto, after Venetian church of Santa Madonna di Nazaret, used as a plague hospital during the 15th circa ; initial l- by associated, association with lazzaro, leper: see lazar
Also, and for 3 usually, laz·a·rette′ or laz·a·ret′
also laz·a·ret or laz·a·rette
nounpl. laz·a·ret·tos also laz·a·rets or laz·a·rettes
- A hospital treating contagious diseases.
- A building or ship used as a quarantine station.
- often lazaret A storage space between the decks of a ship.
Origin of lazarettoItalian lazzaretto : blend of lazzaro, lazar (from Late Latin Lazarus, Lazarus; see lazar) and dialectal Nazareto, popular name for a hospital maintained in Venice by the Church of Santa Maria di Nazaret.
(plural lazarettos or lazarettoes)
From Italian lazzaretto.