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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Years later, the Montgomery County Detention Center would be built on part of the almshouse site. Clint Smith, The Atlantic, 2 Feb. 2022 No one was charged with Randolph’s murder and his body was buried in an unmarked grave in the pauper’s cemetery of the local almshouse. Clint Smith, The Atlantic, 2 Feb. 2022 The museum in Leerdam is part of an almshouse for unmarried women that also showcases the collection of its 18th-century founder. New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of almshouse

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Almshouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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