hotel dieu

hôtel-Dieu

[oh-tel-dyœ]
noun, plural hôtels-Dieu [oh-tel-dyœ] . French.
a hospital.

Origin:
literally, mansion of God

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hotel dieu

in France, any medieval hospital; the name now refers only to those whose history goes back to the Middle Ages. Many examples from the Gothic period still remain, notably that of Angers (1153-84), the so-called salle des morts at Ourscamp (early 13th century), and that of Tonnerre (c. 1300).

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