HOS'PITAL, n. [L. hospitalis, supra.]

1. A building appropriated for the reception of sick,infirm and helpless paupers,who are supported and nursed by charity; also, a house for the reception of insane persons, whether paupers or not, or for seamen, soldiers, foundlings, &c. who are supported by the public, or by private charity, or for infected persons, &c.

2. A place for shelter or entertainment.

HOS'PITAL, a. Hospitable. [Not in use.]