al·​mo·​ner | \ ˈal-mə-nər How to pronounce almoner (audio) , ˈä-mə- How to pronounce almoner (audio) \

Definition of almoner

1 : one who distributes alms
2 British : a social-service worker in a hospital

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Recent Examples on the Web The office of the almoner traditionally cares for the weak. Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, "Pope Invites the Poor to the Circus, and Animal Activists Protest," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of almoner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for almoner

Middle English almoiner, from Anglo-French aumoner, almener, from aumone alms, from Late Latin eleemosyna

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“Almoner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of almoner

British, old-fashioned : a person whose job is to help people in hospitals with their financial and social problems


al·​mon·​er | \ ˈäm-ə-nər How to pronounce almoner (audio) , ˈal-mə- How to pronounce almoner (audio) \

Medical Definition of almoner

: a social-service worker in a hospital

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