- a person whose function or duty is the distribution of alms on behalf of an institution, a royal personage, a monastery, etc.
- a hospital official who determines the amount due for a patient's treatment.
- a social worker in a hospital.
Origin of almoner
Examples from the Web for almoner
Historical Examples of almoner
You, and others of your stamp, look upon me as an almoner, not more nor less.'Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
And he has often commissioned his Almoner to find a benefice for me.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
He becomes the almoner of the treasure-house of Light and Knowledge.The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul
Jirah D. Buck
"The body servant of the almoner, Pedro de Soto," was the reply.Barbara Blomberg, Complete
He is almoner to the uncompassionate, who but for him would give no alms.The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays
- British obsolete a trained hospital social worker responsible for the welfare of patients
- (formerly) a person who distributes alms or charity on behalf of a household or institution
Word Origin for almoner
"official distributor of alms on behalf of another," c.1300 (mid-13c. as a surname), from Old French almosnier (12c.; Modern French aumônerie), from Vulgar Latin *almosinarius, from Late Latin elemosinarius (adj.) "connected with alms," from eleemosyna "alms" (see alms).