- The definition of a spital is an old word for a hospital for those with contagious diseases, particularly one for poor people.
An example of a spital is a place where the poor can receive medical help for leprosy.
spital definition by Webster's New World
- a hospital, esp. one for the poor or for lepers, etc.
- a travelers' wayside shelter
Origin: respelling (based on hospital) of earlier spittle ; from Middle English spitel ; from Midieval Latin hospitale
spital definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English spitel, short for hospital; see hospital.