[ahmz-muh n]

noun, plural alms·men.

a person supported by or receiving alms.
Archaic. a person who gives alms.

Origin of almsman

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

Usage note

See -man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for almsman's


noun plural -men

archaic a person who gives or receives alms
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