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[hos-pi-tl-er] /ˈhɒs pɪ tl ər/
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.
(lowercase) a person, especially a member of a religious order, devoted to the care of the sick or needy in hospitals.
- Knights hospitallers
noun 1. Also called Knights of St John of Jerusalem. a military religious order founded about the time of the first crusade (1096–99) among European crusaders. It took its name from a hospital and hostel in Jerusalem Full name Knights of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem 2. See Hospitaller
noun 1. an international fraternal and benevolent organization of Roman Catholic men, founded in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882.
noun 1. a secret workingmen’s organization formed in 1869 to defend the interests of labor.
noun 1. the order of Hospitalers.