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] .

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
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lazaretto, lazaret or lazarette (ˌlæzəˈrɛtəʊ, ˌlæzəˈrɛt)
n , pl -rettos, -rets, -rettes
1.  nautical Also called: glory hole a small locker at the stern of a boat or a storeroom between decks of a ship
2.  lazar house, Also called: pesthouse (formerly) a hospital for persons with infectious diseases, esp leprosy
[C16: Italian, from lazzarolazar]
lazaret, lazaret or lazarette
[C16: Italian, from lazzarolazar]
lazarette, lazaret or lazarette
[C16: Italian, from lazzarolazar]

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Word Origin & History

1540s, "house for reception of lepers and diseased poor persons," from It. 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.
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