Definition of almoner noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɑːmənə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːmənər//
; BrE BrE//ˈælmənə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈælmənər//
(old-fashioned, British English)
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a person employed by a hospital to help patients with their financial and social problems, now usually called a medical social worker Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French aumonier, based on medieval Latin eleemosynarius, from eleemosyna ‘alms’, from Greek eleēmosunē ‘compassion’, from eleēmōn ‘compassionate’, from eleos ‘mercy’.