noun, plural alms·hous·es [ahmz-hou-ziz] /ˈɑmzˌhaʊ zɪz/. Chiefly British.

  1. a house endowed by private charity for the reception and support of the aged or infirm poor.
  2. (formerly) a poorhouse.


  1. British history a privately supported house offering accommodation to the aged or needy
  2. mainly British another name for poorhouse

mid-15c., from alms + house (n.).

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