[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. electroweak theory,
  2. electrowinning,
  3. electrum,
  4. electuary,
  5. eledoisin,
  6. elegance,
  7. elegancy,
  8. elegant,
  9. elegiac,
  10. elegiac couplet

Origin of eleemosynary

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

Related formsnon·el·ee·mos·y·nar·y, adjectiveun·el·ee·mos·y·nar·y, adjective

Can be confusedeleemosynary elementary (see synonym study at elementary)

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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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Word Origin and History for eleemosynary



1610s, from Medieval Latin eleemosynarius "pertaining to alms," from Late Latin eleemosyna "alms," from Greek eleemosyne "pity" (see alms).

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