knights of st john of jerusalem

Knights of St. John of Jerusalem

noun
See under Hospitaler ( def 1 ).
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Hospitaler

[hos-pi-tl-er]
noun
1.
a member of the religious and military order (Knights Hospitalers or Knights of St. John of Jerusalem) originating about the time of the first Crusade (1096–99) and taking its name from a hospital at Jerusalem.
2.
(lowercase) a person, especially a member of a religious order, devoted to the care of the sick or needy in hospitals.
Also, Hospitaller.


Origin:
1350–1400; hospital + -er1; replacing Middle English hospitalier < Middle French < Medieval Latin hospitālārius; see -ier2

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