from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Money or goods given as charity to the poor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something given to the poor as charity, such as money, clothing or food.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Anything given gratuitously to relieve the poor, as money, food, or clothing; a gift of charity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The act of relieving the needy; charitable aid; ministration to the poor: as, to give money in alms.
- That which is given to the poor or needy; a charitable dole; anything bestowed in charity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. money or goods contributed to the poor
Middle English almes, from Old English ælmesse, from Late Latin eleēmosyna, from Greek eleēmosunē, pity, charity, from eleēmōn, pitiful, from eleos, pity.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English ælmesse, from Ancient Greek ἐλεημοσύνη (eleēmosynē, "alms"), from ἐλεέω (eleëō, "I have mercy"), from ἔλεος (eleos, "mercy"). (Wiktionary)