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Almoner definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AL'MONER, n. [See Alms.]
An officer whose duty is to distribute charity or alms. By the ancient canons, every monastery was to dispose of a tenth of its income in alms to the poor, and all bishops were obliged to keep an almoner. This title is sometimes given to a chaplain; as, the almoner of a ship or regiment.
The Lord Almoner, or Lord High Almoner, in England, is an ecclesiastical officer, generally a bishop, who has the forfeiture of al deodands, and the goods of self-murderers, which he is to distribute to the poor.
The Grand Almoner, in France, is the first ecclesiastical dignitary, and has the superintendence of hospitals.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an official in a British hospital who looks after the social and material needs of the patients [syn: almoner, medical social worker]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English almoiner, from Anglo-French aumoner, almener, from aumone alms, from Late Latin eleemosyna Date: 15th century 1. one who distributes alms 2. British a social-service worker in a hospital

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 Brit. a social worker attached to a hospital and seeing to the after-care of patients. Usage: Now usu. called medical social worker. 2 hist. an official distributor of alms. Etymology: ME f. AF aumoner, OF aumonier, ult. f. med.L eleemosynarius (as ALMS)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Almoner Al"mon*er, n. [OE. aumener, aulmener, OF. almosnier, aumosnier, F. aum[^o]nier, fr. OF. almosne, alms, L. eleemosyna. See Alms.] One who distributes alms, esp. the doles and alms of religious houses, almshouses, etc.; also, one who dispenses alms for another, as the almoner of a prince, bishop, etc.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Alms-dispenser, distributor of alms, dispenser, distributor.

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