alms

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From Middle English almes, almesse, ælmesse, from Old English ælmesse, from Vulgar Latin *alemosyna, from Late Latin eleēmosyna, from Ancient Greek ἐλεημοσύνη ‎(eleēmosúnē, alms), from ἐλεέω ‎(eleéō, I have mercy), from ἔλεος ‎(éleos, mercy). Compare Saterland Frisian Aalmoose ‎(alms), Dutch aalmoes ‎(alms), German Almosen ‎(alms). Correction: Greek: ελεημοσύνη, ελεω, ελεος

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alms ‎(plural alms)

  1. 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.

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alms

  1. indefinite genitive singular of alm
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