[ ahmz-hous ]
/ ˈɑmzˌhaʊs /

noun, plural alms·hous·es [ahmz-hou-ziz] /ˈɑmzˌhaʊ zɪz/. Chiefly British.

a house endowed by private charity for the reception and support of the aged or infirm poor.
(formerly) a poorhouse.

Origin of almshouse

First recorded in 1350–1400, almshouse is from the Middle English word almes hous. See alms, house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for almshouse

/ (ˈɑːmzˌhaʊs) /


British history a privately supported house offering accommodation to the aged or needy
mainly British another name for poorhouse
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