Definition of infirmary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɜːməri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɜːrməri//
    (pl. infirmaries) In school, Hospitals
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  1. 1(often used in names) a hospital See related entries: Hospitals
  2. 2 a special room in a school, prison, etc. for people who are ill/sick the college infirmary See related entries: In school
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from medieval Latin infirmaria, from Latin infirmus, from in- ‘not’ + firmus ‘firm’.Extra examples He had his leg bandaged in the infirmary. She works at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. When she collapsed at dinner they took her to the local infirmary. He had to remain in the college infirmary for about a fortnight. Surgeons at the Leeds General Infirmary performed a hand transplant.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: infirmary