alms

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈɑːmz/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ɑmz/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ämz)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
alms /ɑmz/USA pronunciation   n. [plural]
  1. money, food, or other donations given to the needy.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
alms  (ämz),USA pronunciation n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
  1. money, food, or other donations given to the poor or needy;
    anything given as charity:The hands of the beggars were outstretched for alms.
  • Greek eleēmosýnē compassion, alms, derivative of éleos pity. See eleemosynary
  • bef. 1000; Middle English almes, almesse, Old English ælmesse (compare Old Saxon alamōsna, Old High German alamuosa, Dutch aalmoes; Old Spanish almosna) Late Latin eleēmosyna

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
alms /ɑːmz/ pl n
  1. charitable donations of money or goods to the poor or needy
Etymology: Old English ælmysse, from Late Latin eleēmosyna, from Greek eleēmosunē pity; see eleemosynary
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