laz·a·ret·to (lăz′ə-rĕtō) also laz·a·ret or laz·a·rette (-rĕt)
n. pl. laz·a·ret·tos also laz·a·rets or laz·a·rettes
1. A hospital treating contagious diseases.
2. A building or ship used as a quarantine station.
3. often lazarette A storage space below deck or between decks on a ship or boat.
[Italian lazzaretto : blend of lazzaro, lazar (from Late Latin Lazarus, Lazarus; see LAZAR) and dialectal Nazareto, popular name for a hospital maintained in Venice by the Church of Santa Maria di Nazaret.]
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