(?), n.
[Written also hospitaller.]
[F. hospitalier. See Hospital, and cf. Hostler.] 1. One residing in a hospital, for the purpose of receiving the poor, the sick, and strangers.
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2. One of an order of knights who built a hospital at Jerusalem for pilgrims, A. D. 1042. They were called Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, and after the removal of the order to Malta, Knights of Malta.
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n. medical care in a hospital; also, the period during which one receives care in a hospital.
Syn. -- hospital care.
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