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[laz-uh-ret-oh] /ˌlæz əˈrɛt oʊ/
noun, plural lazarettos.
a hospital for those affected with contagious diseases, especially leprosy.
a building or a ship set apart for quarantine purposes.
Also called glory hole. Nautical. a small storeroom within the hull of a ship, especially one at the extreme stern.
Also, lazaret, lazarette
[laz-uh-ret] /ˌlæz əˈrɛt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of lazaretto
1540-50; < Upper Italian (Venetian) lazareto, blend of lazzaro lazar and Nazareto popular name of a hospital maintained in Venice by the Church of Santa Maria di Nazaret Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for lazaret
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  • Eat he could not in this lazaret, but sipped a little of the dark Kirin brew, and plunged again into his researches.

    Dragon's blood Henry Milner Rideout
  • The two searchers climbed out and walked aft to the lazaret.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • But when he groped his way back into the main cabin his hands came in contact with the inside of the lazaret door.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • But what had roused the sailor's dislike was that the lazaret contained no provisions.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • The lunatic asylum in such cases is the natural refuge for the patient, as the lazaret is for cases of smallpox or cholera.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • A section of the deck was opened up and the crate was let down into the lazaret.

  • The lazaret is a new building, and not yet finished, and the work is still in progress.

    Letters from Palestine J. D. Paxton
  • The steward will open the lazaret and send up barrels and things.

    Maori and Settler G. A. Henty
  • The lazaret of a coaster is a storeroom under the quarter-deck—repository of general odds and ends and spare equipment.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • There are two harbours, one on the east and the other on the west side of the town; and in each harbour is a lazaret.

    Letters from Palestine J. D. Paxton
British Dictionary definitions for lazaret


noun (pl) -rettos, -rets, -rettes
(nautical) Also called glory hole. a small locker at the stern of a boat or a storeroom between decks of a ship
Also called lazar house, pesthouse. (formerly) a hospital for persons with infectious diseases, esp leprosy
Word Origin
C16: Italian, from lazzarolazar
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Word Origin and History for lazaret



"house for reception of lepers and diseased poor persons," 1540s, from Italian lazareto "place set aside for performance of quarantine" (especially that of Venice, which received many ships from plague-infested districts in the East), from the Biblical proper name Lazarus. Meaning "building set apart for quarantine" is c.1600 in English. The word in Italian was perhaps influenced by the name of another hospital in Venice, that associated with the church of Santa Maria di Nazaret.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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