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  • alms — [ämz] n. pl. alms [ME almesse < OE ælmesse < LL(Ec) eleemosyna < Gr eleēmosynē, pity, mercy (in LXX & N.T., charity, alms) < eleēmōn, merciful < eleos, mercy, orig., woe, prob. < IE echoic base * el > Norw dial. jalm, noise]… …   English World dictionary

  • alms — n.pl. hist. the charitable donation of money or food to the poor. Etymology: OE aeliglmysse, messe, f. Gmc ult. f. Gk eleemosune compassionateness f. eleemon (adj.) f. eleos compassion …   Useful english dictionary

  • Alms — ([add]mz), n. sing. & pl. [OE. almes, almesse, AS. [ae]lmysse, fr. L. eleemosyna, Gr. elehmosy nh mercy, charity, alms, fr. eleei^n to pity. Cf. {Almonry}, {Eleemosynary}.] Anything given gratuitously to relieve the poor, as money, food, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alms — /ahmz/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) money, food, or other donations given to the poor or needy; anything given as charity: The hands of the beggars were outstretched for alms. [bef. 1000; ME almes, almesse, OE aelmesse (cf. OS alamosna, OHG… …   Universalium

  • alms — [[t]ɑmz[/t]] n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) money, food, or other donations given to the poor or needy • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME almes, almesse, OE ælmesse « LL elēmosynae (pl.) charity, alms; see eleemosynary …   From formal English to slang

  • Tenure by free alms — Alms Alms ([add]mz), n. sing. & pl. [OE. almes, almesse, AS. [ae]lmysse, fr. L. eleemosyna, Gr. elehmosy nh mercy, charity, alms, fr. eleei^n to pity. Cf. {Almonry}, {Eleemosynary}.] Anything given gratuitously to relieve the poor, as money, food …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plow alms — Plow Plow, Plough Plough (plou), n. [OE. plouh, plou, AS. pl[=o]h; akin to D. ploeg, G. pflug, OHG. pfluog, pfluoh, Icel. pl[=o]gr, Sw. plog, Dan. ploug, plov, Russ. plug , Lith. plugas.] 1. A well known implement, drawn by horses, mules, oxen,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • almsman — alms•man [[t]ˈɑmz mən[/t]] n. pl. men a person supported by or receiving alms • Etymology: bef. 1000 usage: See man …   From formal English to slang

  • almshouse — alms•house [[t]ˈɑmzˌhaʊs[/t]] n. pl. hous•es [[t] ˌhaʊ zɪz[/t]] 1) brit. a private establishment for housing the poor 2) brit. poorhouse • Etymology: 1350–1400 …   From formal English to slang

  • charity — n. (pl. ies) 1 a giving voluntarily to those in need; alms giving. b the help, esp. money, so given. 2 an institution or organization for helping those in need. 3 a kindness, benevolence. b tolerance in judging others. c love of one s fellow men …   Useful english dictionary

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