From Old English ælmesse, from Vulgar Latin *alemosyna, from Late Latin eleemosyna, from Ancient Greek ἐλεημοσύνη (eleēmosúnē, “alms”), from ἐλεέω (eleéō, “I have mercy”), from ἔλεος (éleos, “mercy”). Correction: Greek: ελεημοσύνη, ελεω, ελεος
- Rhymes: -ɑːmz
alms (plural alms)
- Something given to the poor as charity, such as money, clothing or food.
- She gave $10 weekly to the poor as alms.
- Alms are distributed from the weekly collection for the purpose.