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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
health spa
▪ The poolside spa bath is a particular favourite for easing wearing limbs.
▪ Read in studio A nineteenth century health spa is up for sale.
▪ Anyone approaching Baden with the built-in idea that all spa towns are alike is in for a surprise.
▪ And while many of the spa services seem geared to women, not all are.
▪ Available at a small charge and with special supervision given, the spa can provide you with a healthy breakaway in Amsterdam.
▪ For more information, consult your travel agent; once aboard, talk to the spa and salon managers.
▪ Residents will be banned from filling swimming pools and spas, washing their vehicles at home and operating ornamental fountains.
▪ The spa is a perfect complement to cruising.
▪ They all went individually to a Los Angeles spa called Ynessa.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Spa \Spa\ (?; 277), n. A spring or mineral water; -- so called from a place of this name in Belgium.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"medicinal or mineral spring," 1620s, from the name of the health resort in eastern Belgium, known since 14c., that features mineral springs believed to have curative properties. The place name is from Walloon espa "spring, fountain." As "commercial establishment offering health and beauty treatments," 1960.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A health resort near a mineral spring or hot spring. 2 A trendy or fashionable resort. 3 A health club. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context Ireland slang English) A clumsy person (see spastic) 2 (context Ireland slang English) An idiot 3 (context Ireland slang English) A gobshite

  1. n. a health resort near a spring or at the seaside [syn: watering place, watering hole]

  2. a fashionable hotel usually in a resort area [syn: resort hotel]

  3. a place of business with equipment and facilities for exercising and improving physical fitness [syn: health spa, health club]


A spa is a location where mineral-rich spring water (and sometimes seawater) is used to give medicinal baths. Spa towns or spa resorts (including hot springs resorts) typically offer various health treatments, which are also known as balneotherapy. The belief in the curative powers of mineral waters goes back to prehistoric times. Such practices have been popular worldwide, but are especially widespread in Europe and Japan. Day spas are also quite popular, and offer various personal care treatments.

Spa (mineral water)

Spa is a brand of mineral water from Spa, Belgium, and is owned by the Spadel Group. Spa mineral water has been bottled since the end of the 16th century and is very common in Western Europe and especially in the Benelux countries and Germany but is also exported to other parts of the world. Spa Mineral Water is distributed in the UK by Aqua Amore Ltd. Spa mineral water comes from the grounds of the Hautes Fagnes, of which the upper layers exists from heath land and peat.

Spa mineral water is available in bottles of three litres, two litres, one and a half liter, one liter, 75 cl, 50 cl, 30 cl and 25 cl. It is also available in 33 cl cans. There are several types of Spa mineral water.

Spa (Sirius XM)

Spa, formerly Spa 73, is a new-age, ambient and instrumental music channel on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 68 (previously 73), XM Satellite Radio channel 68 (previously 72, where it replaced Audio Visions, which was XM 77) and on DISH Network channel 6068. Until February 9, 2010, it was on DirecTV channel 856.

During the 2011 Holiday Season (Tuesday 12/20/11 at 3am ET until Thursday 12/29/11 at 3am ET), Spa was replaced by Radio Hanukkah.

SPA (album)

SPA is the debut album from SPA and was released in 1997. The album was recorded over a three-year period and is dedicated to the memory of American comedian Bill Hicks.

SPA (band)

SPA are a British band comprising Simon Toulson-Clarke, Phill Brown and Alastair Gavin. Toulson-Clarke and Gavin had previously worked together on the Red Box album Motive.

SPA is an acronym of the names of its members - Simon, Phill and Alastair.

They released their self titled debut album, SPA, in 1997.

Usage examples of "spa".

He was something worse than an adventurer, and all the French at Spa disowned him.

It was unlocked from the other side and Kyle opened it to reveal Graham bound and gagged on the couchette opposite the door, and Hendrique standing over him holding a Franchi Spas shotgun inches from his chest.

Nearly everyone went, and those who stayed only did so because lodgings were not to be had at Spa.

Things like boom boxes with compact disks, panty hose, 323 Rita Clay Estrada microwaves, spas, and polyester.

Silver Gulch tonight, thanks to the Silver Springs Spa and Healing Center.

Of all the company at Spa, I was most pleased to see the Marquis Caraccioli, whom I had left in London.

His Court had given him leave of absence, and he was spending it at Spa.

The same day I called on Princess Lubomirska and Tomatis, begging them not to take it amiss if my visits were few and far between, as the lady they had seen at Spa was approaching her confinement, and demanded all my care.

I had known specimens at Spa, Genoa, London, and at Venice, but this Jewess was the worst I had ever met.

On the 6th September he wrote from Antwerp to one of his good friends, the Abbe Eusebio della Lena, telling him that at Spa an English woman who had a passion for speaking Latin wished to submit him to trials which he judged it unnecessary to state precisely.

I reply to the three dear letters which you wrote me from Spa: the first of the 6th August, from which I learned that your departure had been delayed for some days to wait for someone who was to arrive in that city.

Pietro Zaguri sent to me to ask if I knew where you were, because he had written two letters to Spa and had received no reply .

His pockets were empty, and seeing me he beckoned to me, and I followed him out of the Spa.

I had unfortunately met him at Spa, and told him I was was going to Portugal.

Klima and Kamila, as he prepares to drive to the spa to attend the medical meeting with Ruzena and play in the concert with Skreta that night.