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

 

almshouse

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈɑːmzhaʊs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːmzhaʊs//
 
Types of home
 
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(in the past in Britain) a house owned by a charity where poor people (usually the old) lived without paying rent See related entries: Types of home Culture Almshouses were mostly built between the 16th and 19th centuries by rich local men, often in a row and in a grand style. Many older British towns have almshouses.