Definition of hospice in English:



  • 1A home providing care for the sick or terminally ill.

    [as modifier] ‘hospice workers’
    • ‘A youngster whose father died of cancer is talking part in a walk in Bingley to raise funds for the hospice which cared for him.’
    • ‘It was his last wish that a hospice for other sick and terminally ill children should be built in the South Yorkshire area.’
    • ‘All the money raised will go to Zoe's Place, a proposed hospice for terminally ill children.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, her dog, Amber, was approved as a Pets as Therapy dog - one of 12,000 across the country taken into hospitals, hospices and care homes to cheer up patients.’
    • ‘Most children cared for by hospices have life-shortening conditions like cystic fibrosis and severe cerebral palsy or life-threatening conditions such as cancer.’
    • ‘Having hospice care in the prison excludes all these problems, so it's cost effective.’
    • ‘Performances are regularly held in hospices, care homes and long-stay hospital wards throughout the East End.’
    • ‘Bosses at Sue Ryder Care, which has two hospices and two neurological care centres in Yorkshire, said this means the Treasury is taking money that should be spent on caring for the dying and seriously ill.’
    • ‘Terminally ill patients in the United States are increasingly choosing hospices for their end-of-life care.’
    • ‘What I would like is if one of the local hospitals, hospices or care homes could take the whole box for use by the patients, staff and anyone else who would appreciate them.’
    • ‘This year the family was allocated ten days of care at the hospice.’
    • ‘The IHF is a voluntary body supporting the country's hospices and other services caring for and working with people who are terminally ill.’
    • ‘A Yorkshire hospice for sick and dying children is poised to win a massive lottery boost, it was reported today.’
    • ‘Thousands of people now benefit each year from the work of the voluntary hospices and home care teams.’
    • ‘South Essex MPs have united in their calls for better Government funding for hospices which provide essential care for terminally ill patients.’
    • ‘He was persuaded to raise money for the hospice after a family member was cared for in a hospice.’
    • ‘A doctor whose close friend died of breast cancer is to pound the streets of New York to raise funds for hospices which care for the terminally ill.’
    • ‘Many hospice patients attend for care or stay a while for assessment and treatment, and are then able to go home.’
    • ‘The only exceptions would be residential premises like care homes, hospices, prisons and private members' clubs, where members would hold an annual ballot on allowing smoking.’
    • ‘A grandad who lost his fight against cancer asked for his Skoda to be sold to raise money for the hospice which cared for him.’
    institution, residential home, nursing home, old people's home, retirement home, convalescent home, rest home, children's home
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    1. 1.1archaic A lodging for travellers, especially one run by a religious order.
      • ‘The French Constituent Assembly set up a commission on mendicancy and in 1796 legislation provided for hospices for the sick and required every commune to organize a bureau de bienfaisance for outdoor relief.’
      • ‘Mussolini had also afforded the regular and secular clergy an opportunity to introduce religion into classrooms, dormitories, hospices, and recreational clubs during the dictatorship.’


Early 19th century: from French, from Latin hospitium, from hospes, hospit- (see host).