spa

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Etymology 1[edit]

The term is derived from the name of the Belgian town of Spa, where since medieval times illnesses caused by iron deficiency were treated by drinking chalybeate (iron bearing) spring water. In 16th century England the old Roman ideas of medicinal bathing were revived at towns like Bath, and in 1571 William Slingsby who had been to the Belgian town (which he called Spaw) discovered a chalybeate spring in Yorkshire. He built an enclosed well at what became known as Harrogate, the first resort in England for drinking medicinal waters, then in 1596 Dr. Timothy Bright called the resort The English Spaw, beginning the use of the word Spa as a generic description rather than as the place name of the Belgian town. At first this term referred specifically to resorts for water drinking rather than bathing, but this distinction was gradually lost and many spas offer external remedies.

There are various stories about the origin of the name. A Belgian spring of iron bearing water was called Espa from the Walloon term for "fountain", and was used in 1326 as a cure by an iron master with such success that he founded a health resort that developed into the town. It has also been suggested that the term Espa may be derived from the name of the resort, and that its source could be the Latin word spargere meaning "to scatter, sprinkle or moisten".

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Noun[edit]

spa (plural spas)

  1. A health resort near a mineral spring or hot spring.
  2. A trendy or fashionable resort.
  3. A health club.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Shortened form of spastic

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Noun[edit]

spa (plural spas)

  1. (Ireland, slang) A clumsy person (see spastic)
  2. (Ireland, slang) An idiot
  3. (Ireland, slang) A gobshite

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From earlier spade, from Middle Dutch spade, from Old Dutch *spado, from Proto-Germanic *spadô.

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Noun[edit]

spa m (plural spaden, diminutive spaatje n)

  1. spade

Etymology 2[edit]

From the Spa brand of mineral water, which originates from the Belgian town of Spa. The compound spawater is attested as early as the 17th century, however.

Noun[edit]

spa m (plural spa's, diminutive spaatje n)

  1. mineral water

Etymology 3[edit]

From earlier spade, from Middle Dutch spade, from Old Dutch *spādi, from Proto-Germanic *spēdiz. Cognate with German spät.

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spa (comparative spader, superlative spaadst)

  1. (obsolete) late
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Rafsi[edit]

spa

  1. rafsi of spati.

Portuguese[edit]

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spa m (plural spas)

  1. spa (health resort near a spring)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English spa.

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spa f (plural spas)

  1. spa

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