Simple Definition of alms
: money, clothes, food, and other things given to poor people
Origin and Etymology 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
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