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alms

[ ahmz ]
/ ɑmz /
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

money, food, or other donations given to the poor or needy; anything given as charity: The hands of the beggars were outstretched for alms.

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Origin of alms

before 1000; Middle English almes, almesse,Old English ælmesse (compare Old Saxon alamōsna,Old High German alamuosa,Dutch aalmoes;Old Spanish almosna) ≪ Late Latin eleēmosyna<Greek eleēmosýnē compassion, alms, derivative of éleos pity. See eleemosynary
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
Old English ælmysse, from Late Latin eleēmosyna, from Greek eleēmosunē pity; see eleemosynary
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