- 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.
- 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
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Origin: Middle English spitel, short for hospital; see hospital.