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alms

noun \ˈä(l)mz\

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

plural alms

Full Definition of ALMS

1
archaic :  charity
2
:  something (as money or food) given freely to relieve the poor
alms·giv·er \-ˌgi-vər\ noun
alms·giv·ing \-ˌgi-viŋ\ noun
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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

noun \ˈämz, ˈälmz\
plural alms

Definition of ALMS for Kids

:  money given to help the poor :  charity

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