a house endowed by private charity for the reception and support of the aged or infirm poor.
(formerly) a poorhouse.
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How to use almshouse in a sentence
I discovered that the cul-de-sac at the end of my road was originally built for a square of almshouses — charitable residences, often funded by church coffers — to alleviate the scandalous poverty of pre-welfare-state Britain.
Elizabeth studied privately with a physician before medical school and between terms observed cases in an almshouse hospital.Determined to practice medicine, two sisters defied conventions | Janet Golden | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
With almost 1,200 patients, Laguna Honda Hospital was originally the San Francisco almshouse, and in a way it still is.Obamacare’s Overambition: Dr. Victoria Sweet Reads the Law | Victoria Sweet | April 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Every county had a free county hospital for the acutely ill, and a free county almshouse for everyone else who needed care.Obamacare’s Overambition: Dr. Victoria Sweet Reads the Law | Victoria Sweet | April 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Once at the wish of a friend I was visiting I went to carry some comforts to a neglected almshouse on a Western prairie.Girls and Women | Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
The poor little dying pauper, lying in her dream at the almshouse, sees the figure of Death.Questionable Shapes | William Dean Howells
The most remarkable things that appear here at this day are a mosque, and an almshouse just by it, both built by sultan Ibrahim.Early Travels in Palestine | Arculf et al.
A Hamblyn was still a Hamblyn, though he lived in an almshouse.The Squire's Daughter | Silas K(itto) Hocking
I forgot to mention services held in jail and almshouse while in Canon City.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love | Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
British Dictionary definitions for almshouse
British history a privately supported house offering accommodation to the aged or needy
mainly British another name for poorhouse
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