hospital etymology

English word hospital comes from Latin hospitem, Latin -alis

Detailed word origin of hospital

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
hospitem Latin (lat)
-alis Latin (lat) Used to form adjectives of relationship from nouns or numerals.
hospitalis Latin (lat) Of or pertaining to a host or guest.. Of or pertaining to hospitality; providing hospitality or generous towards guests, hospitable.
hospitālis Late Latin (LL)
hospital Old French (fro) Hospitable; welcoming Hospital (medical).
hospital English (eng) (obsolete) Hospitable. (obsolete) A place of lodging.. A building founded for the long-term care of its residents, such as an almshouse. The residents may have no physical ailments, but simply need financial support.. A large medical facility, usually in a building with multiple floors, where seriously ill or injured patients are given extensive medical and/or surgical treatment.

Words with the same origin as hospital

Descendants of hospitem
hospice host hostage hostel hostess
Descendants of -alis
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