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alms

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noun \ˈä(l)mz\

Simple Definition of alms

  • : money, clothes, food, and other things given to poor people

Full Definition of alms

plural alms

  1. 1 archaic :  charity

  2. 2 :  something (as money or food) given freely to relieve the poor

alms·giv·erplay \-ˌgi-vər\ noun
alms·giv·ing play \-ˌgi-viŋ\ noun

Origin of alms

Middle English almesse, almes, from Old English ælmesse, ælmes, from Late Latin eleemosyna alms, from Greek eleēmosynē pity, alms, from eleēmōn merciful, from eleos pity


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with alms


ALMS Defined for Kids

alms

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noun \ˈämz, ˈälmz\

Definition of alms

plural alms

  1. :  money given to help the poor :  charity





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