[ ahmz-hous ]

noun,plural alms·hous·es [ahmz-hou-ziz]. /ˈɑmzˌhaʊ zɪz/. Chiefly British.
  1. a house endowed by private charity for the reception and support of the aged or infirm poor.

  2. (formerly) a poorhouse.

Origin of almshouse

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

Words Nearby almshouse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use almshouse in a sentence

  • 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.

  • 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


/ (ˈɑːmzˌhaʊs) /

  1. British history a privately supported house offering accommodation to the aged or needy

  2. mainly British another name for poorhouse

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