- a place of shelter and rest for travelers, etc.
- a charitable institution for providing and caring for the aged, infirm, orphaned, etc.: now only in names
- an institution providing medical, surgical, or psychiatric testing and treatment for people who are ill, injured, pregnant, etc. on an inpatient, outpatient, or emergency care basis: often involved with public health programs, research, medical education, etc.: in British English, usually without an article when preceded by a preposition
- a clinic providing surgical or emergency medical care for domesticated animals, esp. pets
- a repair shop for dolls, clocks, or other small items
Origin of hospitalMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin hospitale, a house, inn from Classical Latin (cubiculum) hospitale, guest (room), neuter of hospitalis, of a guest from hospes: see hospice