[ al-muh-ner, ah-muh- ]
/ ˈæl mə nər, ˈɑ mə- /


a person whose function or duty is the distribution of alms on behalf of an institution, a royal personage, a monastery, etc.
  1. a hospital official who determines the amount due for a patient's treatment.
  2. a social worker in a hospital.

Origin of almoner

1250–1300; Middle English almoiner, aumoner (with insertion of l under influence of alms) < Old French aumon(i)erLate Latin eleēmosynārius eleemosynary

Related forms

sub·al·mon·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for almoner


/ (ˈɑːmənə) /


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

C13: from Old French almosnier, from almosne alms, from Vulgar Latin alemosina (unattested), from Late Latin eleēmosyna; see alms
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