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



BrE BrE//ɑːmz//
; NAmE NAmE//ɑːmz//
[plural] (old-fashioned) Helping others
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money, clothes and food that are given to poor people See related entries: Helping others Word OriginOld English ælmysse, ælmesse, from Christian Latin eleemosyna, from Greek eleēmosunē ‘compassion’, from eleēmōn ‘compassionate’, from eleos ‘mercy’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: alms