One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a charitable religious order, originally the Knights Hospitaller.
- ‘The village cross was the place where an annual tribute of 1,500 red herring and 1,500 white herring was handed from the Abbot of Whitby to the hospitallers of St Leonard's in York.’
- ‘Two smaller orders followed similar paths: St Lazarus, a hospitaller order caring for lepers since the 1130s, and St Thomas of Acre, a house of regular canons founded c. 1190, both became militarized in the 1220s.’
Middle English: from Old French hospitalier, from medieval Latin hospitalarius, from hospitale (see hospital).
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