from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A poorhouse.
- n. Chiefly British A home for the poor that is maintained by private charity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A building of residence for the poor, sick or elderly of a parish. Originally founded by the Church. Usually a charity relying on donations for funding.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A house appropriated for the use of the poor; a poorhouse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A house appropriated for the use of the poor who are supported by the public or by a revenue derived from private endowment; a poor-house.
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