Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who distributes alms.
  • noun Chiefly British A hospital social worker.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An alms-purse.
  • noun In general, a purse, especially a large purse, or pouch, usually (from the twelfth century until the fifteenth) hung from the girdle.
  • noun A dispenser of alms or charity; especially, a person charged with the distribution of alms as an official duty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Chiefly Brit. A social worker in a hospital.
  • noun Chiefly Brit. An official in a hospital whose job it is to calculate how much a patient must pay for treatment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun one who distributes alms, especially the doles and alms of religious houses, almshouses;
  • noun one who dispenses alms for another, as the almoner of a prince, bishop
  • noun a title given to a royal officer charged with the duty of distributing alms or bounty on behalf of a monarch

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an official in a British hospital who looks after the social and material needs of the patients

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English aumoner, from Old French aumonier, from amosne, alms, from Late Latin eleēmosyna, alms; see alms.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English aumener, aulmener, Old French almosnier, aumosnier, French aumônier, from Old French almosne ("alms"), Latin eleemosyna. See alms, Almosen.

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  • "The hospital almoner wanted to contact his father but Thaw withheld the address." - 'Lanark', Alasdair Gray.

    December 4, 2007

  • Citation on nonsuit.

    October 9, 2008