noun, plural almshouses [ahmz-hou-ziz] . Chiefly British.
a house endowed by private charity for the reception and support of the aged or infirm poor.
(formerly) a poorhouse.

1350–1400; Middle English almes hous. See alms, house Unabridged
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almshouse (ˈɑːmzˌhaʊs)
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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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from alms + house.
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in the United States, a locally administered public institution for homeless, aged persons without means. Such institutions radically declined in number in the second half of the 20th century, replaced by other means of subsistence and care.

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Example sentences
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.
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