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[ahmz-muh n]
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noun, plural alms·men.
  1. a person supported by or receiving alms.
  2. Archaic. a person who gives alms.
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Origin of almsman

before 1000; Middle English almes man, Old English ælmesman; see alms, -man

Usage note

See -man.
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Related Words for almsman

almswoman, cadger, mendicant, panhandler

British Dictionary definitions for almsman


noun plural -men
  1. archaic a person who gives or receives alms
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