Definition of “almshouse” - English Dictionary


“almshouse” in English

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almshousenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɑːmz.haʊs/ us /ˈɑːmz.haʊs/

Examples from literature

  • Once at the wish of a friend I was visiting I went to carry some comforts to a neglected almshouse on a Western prairie. 
  • She soon earned quite a sum of money, which she placed at interest in the bank, and she was then able to take her grandmother out of the almshouse. 
  • The church and Court are beautifully placed above the old village and a picturesque group of almshouses line the upward way to them. 
  • Their monasteries were mission stations, which resembled ours in being dispensaries for the sick, almshouses for the poor, and nurseries of learning. 
  • There are numerous convents, almshouses, and schools. 

(Definition of “almshouse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)