[ el-uh-mos-uh-ner-ee, -moz-, el-ee-uh- ]
/ ˌɛl əˈmɒs əˌnɛr i, -ˈmɒz-, ˌɛl i ə- /


of or relating to alms, charity, or charitable donations; charitable.
derived from or provided by charity.
dependent on or supported by charity: an eleemosynary educational institution.

Origin of eleemosynary

First recorded in 1610–20; from Medieval Latin eleēmosynārius, equivalent to Late Latin eleēmosyn(a) (see alms) + Latin -ārius -ary

OTHER WORDS FROM eleemosynary

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British Dictionary definitions for eleemosynary

/ (ˌɛlɪiːˈmɒsɪnərɪ) /


of, concerned with, or dependent on charity
given as an act of charity

Word Origin for eleemosynary

C17: from Church Latin eleēmosyna alms
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