alms·​house ˈä(l)mz-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce almshouse (audio)
British : a privately financed home for the poor

Examples of almshouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are no more of them in the almshouses than of white people. Anna Deavere Smith, The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2023 The almshouse property would have covered 200 acres at the intersection of today’s Interstate 270 and Wootton Parkway. John Kelly, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023 Between quests for permits and battles with the city of Quincy over the bridge, here is a timeline of events, broken down: Related: Is Long Island the answer to Mass. and Cass? 1882: The city of Boston secured Long Island for institutional care facilities, including an almshouse. Ellie Wolfe,, 10 Aug. 2023 These communities often lived in almshouses — charitable housing — and on the streets, and people didn’t want to financially support them, Crumley said. Maddie Browning,, 22 Feb. 2023 The image on the top left shows a modern-day electrical transformer, and the photo on the top right shows the almshouse outside the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Isabella Fertel, USA TODAY, 1 Dec. 2022 The skulls of the Black Philadelphians were probably taken from unmarked graves at the almshouse. Remy Tumin, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2022 The top right image in the post depicts the almshouse outside the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Isabella Fertel, USA TODAY, 1 Dec. 2022 Laguna Honda, which opened 156 years ago, is believed to be the country’s last big almshouse, a nonprofit nursing home run by the county to provide long-term medical care for the very poor, the very sick and the very disabled. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Almshouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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