Definition of hôtel-Dieu in US English:

hôtel-Dieu

(also hôtel Dieu, hotel'Dieu)

noun

  • Chiefly in French-speaking contexts: a hospital.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Evelyn (1620–1706), diarist and writer. From French hôtel-Dieu hospital for paupers which is maintained by the Church, chief hospital in a large town or city from hôtel + Dieu God.

Pronunciation

hôtel-Dieu

/ˌ(h)əʊtɛl ˈdjəː/