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almshouse

[ahmz-hous]
noun, plural almshouses [ahmz-hou-ziz] . 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:
1350–1400; Middle English almes hous. See alms, house

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almshouse (ˈɑːmzˌhaʊs)
 
n
1.  (Brit) history a privately supported house offering accommodation to the aged or needy
2.  chiefly (Brit) another name for poorhouse

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almshouse
mid-15c., from alms + house.
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