- Brit a privately supported house offering accommodation to the aged or needy
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alms•house (ämz′hous′),USA pronunciation n., pl. -hous•es (ämz′hous′),USA pronunciation [Chiefly Brit.]
- British Termsa house endowed by private charity for the reception and support of the aged or infirm poor.
- British Terms(formerly) a poorhouse.
- Middle English almes hous. See alms, house 1350–1400
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almshouse /ˈɑːmzˌhaʊs/ n
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