almshouse

[ ahmz-hous ]
/ ˈɑmzˌhaʊs /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. almost everywhere,
  2. almost periodic function,
  3. almous,
  4. alms,
  5. almsgiver,
  6. almsman,
  7. almswoman,
  8. almucantar,
  9. almuce,
  10. almug

Origin of almshouse

First recorded in 1350–1400, almshouse is from the Middle English word almes hous. See alms, house

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British Dictionary definitions for almshouse

almshouse

/ (ˈɑːmzˌhaʊs) /

noun

British history a privately supported house offering accommodation to the aged or needy
mainly British another name for poorhouse
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Word Origin and History for almshouse

almshouse

n.

mid-15c., from alms + house (n.).

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