What does SPA mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. watering place, watering hole, spa(noun)

    a health resort near a spring or at the seaside

  2. resort hotel, spa(noun)

    a fashionable hotel usually in a resort area

  3. health spa, spa, health club(noun)

    a place of business with equipment and facilities for exercising and improving physical fitness


  1. spa(Noun)

    A health resort near a mineral spring or hot spring.

  2. spa(Noun)

    A trendy or fashionable resort.

  3. spa(Noun)

    A health club.

  4. Spa(ProperNoun)

    A town located in the Belgian province of Liu00E8ge, famous for its hot springs.

  5. Origin: The term is derived from the name of the Belgian town of Spa, where since medieval times illnesses caused by iron deficiency were treated by drinking chalybeate (iron bearing) spring water. In 16 century England the old Roman ideas of medicinal bathing were revived at towns like Bath, and in 1571 William Slingsby who had been to the Belgian town (which he called Spaw) discovered a chalybeate spring in Yorkshire. He built an enclosed well at what became known as Harrogate, the first resort in England for drinking medicinal waters, then in 1596 Dr. Timothy Bright called the resort The English Spaw, beginning the use of the word Spa as a generic description rather than as the place name of the Belgian town. At first this term referred specifically to resorts for water drinking rather than bathing, but this distinction was gradually lost and many spas offer external remedies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spa(noun)

    a spring or mineral water; -- so called from a place of this name in Belgium


  1. Spa

    The term spa is associated with water treatment which is also known as balneotherapy. Spa towns or spa resorts typically offer various health treatments. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spa

    spaw, n. a place where there is a mineral spring of water. [From Spa in Belgium.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Spa

    a watering-place in Belgium, 20 m. SE. of Liège; a favourite health and fashionable resort on account of its springs and its picturesque surroundings, the number of visitors during the season amounting to 12,000.

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  1. SPA

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Spa

    From the town of the same name (which expresses the Flemish for “fountain”) in Belgium, the fashionable Continental resort during the seventeenth century.

Anagrams for SPA »

  1. asp, ASP

  2. pas, Pas, PAs

  3. APS

  4. sap, s.ap., SAP

  5. Psa., PSA


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SPA in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SPA in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of SPA in a Sentence

  1. Maria Walker:

    When I started, there were spa resorts and fat camps but not much in the middle.

  2. Lidia Bersani:

    But there will be a fantastic spa with a beauty center, large mirrors, and huge wardrobes.

  3. Jeri Donovan:

    People want yoga classes, Pilates, fitness, healthy cuisine, a spa with an array of treatments … and the whole focus is mind, body and soul.

  4. Marty Becker:

    Simply petting a dog is like a spa treatment, after just a minute or two, you have this massive release of positive neurochemicals like dopamine and serotonin.

  5. Jenny Fitzgerald:

    The affectionately named' rubber ring' concept proposes a new central hub around the old' control tower' with hotel foyer, restaurant, banqueting space and spa.

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