alms

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noun \ˈä(l)mz\

Definition of alms

plural

alms

  1. 1 :  something (such as money or food) given freely to relieve the poor distributing alms to the needy

  2. 2 archaic :  charity

almsgiver

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almsgiving

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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


ALMS Defined for English Language Learners

alms

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noun \ˈä(l)mz\

Definition of alms for English Language Learners

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


ALMS Defined for Kids

alms

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noun \ˈämz, ˈälmz\

Definition of alms for Students

plural

alms

  1. :  money given to help the poor :  charity



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