almoner

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈɑːmənə/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(almə nər, ämə-)



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
al•mon•er  (almə nər, ämə-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person whose function or duty is the distribution of alms on behalf of an institution, a royal personage, a monastery, etc.
  2. British Terms
    • a hospital official who determines the amount due for a patient's treatment.
    • a social worker in a hospital.
  • Old French aumon(i)er Late Latin eleēmosynārius eleemosynary
  • Middle English almoiner, aumoner (with insertion of l under influence of alms) 1250–1300

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
almoner /ˈɑːmənə/ n
  1. Brit obsolete a trained hospital social worker responsible for the welfare of patients
  2. (formerly) a person who distributes alms or charity on behalf of a household or institution
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French almosnier, from almosne alms, from Vulgar Latin alemosina (unattested), from Late Latin eleēmosyna; see alms
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