lazarette


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laz·a·ret·to

 (lăz′ə-rĕt′ō) also laz·a·ret or laz·a·rette (-rĕt′)
n. pl. laz·a·ret·tos also laz·a·rets or laz·a·rettes
1. A hospital treating contagious diseases.
2. A building or ship used as a quarantine station.
3. often lazarette A storage space below deck or between decks on a ship or boat.

[Italian lazzaretto : blend of lazzaro, lazar (from Late Latin Lazarus, Lazarus; see lazar) and dialectal Nazareto, popular name for a hospital maintained in Venice by the Church of Santa Maria di Nazaret.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lazarette - hospital for persons with infectious diseases (especially leprosy)
hospital, infirmary - a health facility where patients receive treatment
References in classic literature ?
The cabin was a long room, extending for the full width of the Arangi from a lazarette aft to a tiny room for'ard.
He counted the cases, doubted the verdict of his senses, lighted more matches, counted again, then vainly searched the entire lazarette in the hope of finding more cases of beer stored elsewhere.
The lazarette, where such delicacies were stored, was situated beneath the cabin floor.
He rolled to the lazarette aft the cabin and began hauling out the big mainsail.
They reassured him countless times; but he could not believe them, and pried cunningly about the lazarette to see with his own eyes.
The deck being blown up, it had fallen down into the lazarette of course.