almshouse

noun alms·house \ -ˌhau̇s \

Definition of almshouse

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

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First Known Use of almshouse

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of almshouse for English Language Learners

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


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