The definition of a spital is an old word for a hospital for those with contagious diseases, particularly one for poor people.(noun)
An example of a spital is a place where the poor can receive medical help for leprosy.
See spital in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: respelling (based on hospital) of earlier spittle < ME spitel < ML hospitale
See spital in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English spitel
Origin: , short for hospital; see hospital.