from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who distributes alms.
- n. Chiefly British A hospital social worker.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. one who distributes alms, especially the doles and alms of religious houses, almshouses;
- n. one who dispenses alms for another, as the almoner of a prince, bishop
- n. a title given to a royal officer charged with the duty of distributing alms or bounty on behalf of a monarch
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A social worker in a hospital.
- n. An official in a hospital whose job it is to calculate how much a patient must pay for treatment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dispenser of alms or charity; especially, a person charged with the distribution of alms as an official duty.
- n. An alms-purse.
- n. In general, a purse, especially a large purse, or pouch, usually (from the twelfth century until the fifteenth) hung from the girdle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an official in a British hospital who looks after the social and material needs of the patients
Middle English aumoner, from Old French aumonier, from amosne, alms, from Late Latin eleēmosyna, alms; see alms.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English aumener, aulmener, Old French almosnier, aumosnier, French aumônier, from Old French almosne ("alms"), Latin eleemosyna. See alms, Almosen. (Wiktionary)