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Dorcas society

a society of women of a church whose work it is to provide clothing for the poor.
Origin of Dorcas society
First recorded in 1825-35; named after Dorcas Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • One would think you were at a Dorcas society, I said, getting rattled.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • Thank you so much for the flannel for the Dorcas society, and also for the gingham.

  • She steps into it, and gives the word, "Drive to the Dorcas society."

  • And while Ralph denounced the Dorcas society, the eager, hungry heart of the mother ran, flew toward the little white-headed boy.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster Edward Eggleston
  • D' you remember how handsome she looked in the tableau, when the fair was held for the Dorcas society?

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The Dorcas society can meet at one side while your little Jack and his friends are playing games at the other.

  • A Dorcas society is kept up by a few ladies; and collections are made annually for foreign missions and other objects.

    The Church Index William Pepperell
  • Here comes a group of little barefoot children to the door of the Dorcas society.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • The lady receives at ten a young missionary and three members of the Dorcas society.

  • Indeed, you could have identified every member of the Dorcas society that Sunday morning by the freshness of her apparel.

    Homespun Tales Kate Douglas Wiggin
British Dictionary definitions for Dorcas society

Dorcas society

a Christian charitable society for women with the aim of providing clothes for the poor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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