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almshouse

[ahmz-hous] /ˈɑmzˌhaʊs/
noun, plural almshouses
[ahmz-hou-ziz] /ˈɑmzˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA).
Chiefly British
1.
a house endowed by private charity for the reception and support of the aged or infirm poor.
2.
(formerly) a poorhouse.
Origin of almshouse
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English almes hous. See alms, house
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  • He was later on removed from office as superintendent of the almshouse for swindling the city.
  • Wending her quiet way, she entered the door of the almshouse.
  • By the end of the eighteenth century, they could be committed to an almshouse.
British Dictionary definitions for almshouse

almshouse

/ˈɑːmzˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
(Brit, history) a privately supported house offering accommodation to the aged or needy
2.
(mainly Brit) another name for poorhouse
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Word Origin and History for almshouse
n.

mid-15c., from alms + house (n.).

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