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[al-muh-ner, ah-muh-] /ˈæl mə nər, ˈɑ mə-/
a person whose function or duty is the distribution of alms on behalf of an institution, a royal personage, a monastery, etc.
  1. a hospital official who determines the amount due for a patient's treatment.
  2. a social worker in a hospital.
Origin of almoner
1250-1300; Middle English almoiner, aumoner (with insertion of l under influence of alms) < Old French aumon(i)erLate Latin eleēmosynārius eleemosynary
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subalmoner, noun Unabridged
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  • At the hour of prime his almoner washed the feet of twelve others, and gave them bread and meat.
British Dictionary definitions for almoner


(Brit, obsolete) a trained hospital social worker responsible for the welfare of patients
(formerly) a person who distributes alms or charity on behalf of a household or institution
Word Origin
C13: from Old French almosnier, from almosne alms, from Vulgar Latin alemosina (unattested), from Late Latin eleēmosyna; see alms
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Word Origin and History for almoner

"official distributor of alms on behalf of another," c.1300 (mid-13c. as a surname), from Old French almosnier (12c.; Modern French aumônerie), from Vulgar Latin *almosinarius, from Late Latin elemosinarius (adj.) "connected with alms," from eleemosyna "alms" (see alms).

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