alms·​house | \ ˈä(l)mz-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce almshouse (audio) \

Definition of almshouse

1 British : a privately financed home for the poor
2 : poorhouse

Examples of almshouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Serving this population was a major, unanticipated use of the almshouse. Austin Hewitt,, 9 Apr. 2021 Tramps are specifically referenced in almshouse records in seven years between 1877 and 1891. Austin Hewitt,, 9 Apr. 2021 Over 13,000 tramps visited the almshouse in those seven years. Austin Hewitt,, 9 Apr. 2021 Despite its impressive holdings, the almshouse only opened to the public as a museum a little over 10 years ago. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2021 When the Nazis invaded, the Hals and the rest of the collection were moved out of the building as the Germans made the almshouse their headquarters. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2021 My daughter’s school used to take an annual field trip to an almshouse built on the road 300 years ago and converted into a museum. Ellen Himelfarb, National Geographic, 15 Nov. 2020 Among the biggest beggars at the federal almshouse is McConnell’s home state, Kentucky, which ranked eighth. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2020 Gerhard returned to Philadelphia in 1833 to serve as resident physician at the sick wards of the city’s almshouse, then known as the Philadelphia Hospital. Timothy Kent Holliday, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'almshouse.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of almshouse

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about almshouse

Time Traveler for almshouse

Time Traveler

The first known use of almshouse was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for almshouse

Last Updated

21 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Almshouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for almshouse



English Language Learners Definition of almshouse

in the past : a building in which poor people were allowed to live for free

More from Merriam-Webster on almshouse Encyclopedia article about almshouse


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!