from The Century Dictionary.
- Persons supported by alms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Archaic Persons supported by alms; almsmen.
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- noun archaic Persons supported by
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"That is because they are not the right kind of almsfolk, nor you the right kind of almoners," responded the beggar; and then he repeated:
The chapel joins one of the tenements of the almsfolk, and here comes one of the minster clergy every Thursday to conduct divine service.
Leaning back with one arm bent carelessly behind his head and one hand caressing a shaggy hound that pressed against his knee, the boy's far-away gaze was designed to intimate his haughty oblivion to the castle-world in general and the movements of the almsfolk in particular.
And I was bereft of a joyful day; for in ordinary she would be pleased that I should be her little almoner, and hand the purses with the groats in them to the poor almsfolk.