Middle English spitel; ultimately an aphetic form of hospital.
spital (plural spitals)
- A charitable house to receive and care for sick people, later distinguished from a hospital as being especially for those of a low class or meagre financial means.
- 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.1.3:
- Put up a supplication to him in the name of a thousand orphans, an hospital, a spital, a prison, as he goes by, they cry out to him for aid, ride on, surdo narras, he cares not […].
spital n (plural spitale or spitaluri)
declension of spital