Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bag of some fine material used for collecting alms during divine service.

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Examples

  • Here behind the balustrade of a balcony was a young man in a short cloak, holding in his arms a young girl in a white dress wearing an alms-bag at her belt; or there were nameless portraits of English ladies with fair curls, who looked at you from under their round straw hats with their large clear eyes.

    Madame Bovary

  • He built convents and churches, and never went out without an alms-bag or _kalita_ to give money to the poor; hence his surname.

    The Story of Russia

  • He is not ashamed to eat fruit and cheese over an open book, and to transfer his empty cup from side to side upon it; and because he has not his alms-bag at hand, he leaves the rest of the fragments in his books.

    The Book-Hunter A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Author

  • Madame de K. collected on Sunday at St. Thomas's and her baby held the alms-bag.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • The solitary passages in the Gospel of St. John, which are all that Dr. Ginsburg can quote in support of this contention, may have referred to an alms-bag or a fund for certain expenses, not to a common pool of all monetary wealth.

    Secret Societies And Subversive Movements

  • Here behind the balustrade of a balcony was a young man in a short cloak, holding in his arms a young girl in a white dress wearing an alms-bag at her belt; or there were nameless portraits of

    Madame Bovary

  • The aristocracy, in order to rally the people to them, waved the proletarian alms-bag in front for a banner.

    Manifesto of the Communist Party

  • It can't be described -- it was as original and charming as possible, with a white skirt and an alms-bag of white satin.

    Marie Bashkirtseff (From Childhood to Girlhood)

  • And some time after she made him a gift of an alms-bag on which she had wrought the words, "Ann, to her worthy work-fellow."

    Margery — Volume 04

  • And some time after she made him a gift of an alms-bag on which she had wrought the words, "Ann, to her worthy work-fellow."

    Margery — Complete

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