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alms

[ ahmz ]
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
money, food, or other donations given to people in need; anything given as charity: She showed her generosity by giving alms regularly.
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Origin of alms

First recorded before 1000; Middle English almes, almesse, Old English ælmesse (compare Old Saxon alamōsna, Old High German alamuosa, Dutch aalmoes; Old Spanish almosna ), ultimately derived from Late Latin eleēmosyna, from Greek eleēmosýnē “compassion, alms,” derivative of éleos “pity”; see eleemosynary

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH alms

alms , arms
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British Dictionary definitions for alms

alms
/ (ɑːmz) /

pl n
charitable donations of money or goods to the poor or needy

Word Origin for alms

Old English ælmysse, from Late Latin eleēmosyna, from Greek eleēmosunē pity; see eleemosynary
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