- a house endowed by private charity for the reception and support of the aged or infirm poor.
- (formerly) a poorhouse.
Origin of almshouse
Examples from the Web for almshouse
Historical Examples of almshouse
He took his way across the fields, so as to reach the Almshouse before his father.Paul Prescott's Charge
The almshouse could tell the story of a hundred women who married men to reform them.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
On the one side is the palace, on the other are the almshouse and "silent poor."Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
She provides for us an almshouse in which we can take refuge when we are old and weary.The Green Carnation
Robert Smythe Hichens
No, that's too grand a comparison; rather, Oxford is like an almshouse for clergymen's widows.Loss and Gain
John Henry Newman
- British history a privately supported house offering accommodation to the aged or needy
- mainly British another name for poorhouse