An example of a spital is a place where the poor can receive medical help for leprosy.
- a hospital, esp. one for the poor or for lepers, etc.
- a travelers' wayside shelter
Origin of spitalrespelling (based on hospital) of earlier spittle ; from Middle English spitel ; from Medieval Latin hospitale
Origin of spitalMiddle English spitel, short for hospital; see hospital.
- A charitable house to receive and care for sick people, later distinguished from a hospital as being especially for those of a low class or meagre financial means.
Middle English spitel; ultimately an aphetic form of hospital.