nounplural noun almonries
A building or place where alms were formerly distributed.‘Imagine the annoyance of the Abbot of St Augustine at having his new almonry snatched out of his hands.’
- ‘Next, Sir Lancelot told the adventures of the Graal which he had seen, and this likewise was written and placed with the other in almonries at Salisbury.’
- ‘An unbroken list of masters of the almonry school exists dating from the fourteenth century until 1538 when the monastery was dissolved.’
- ‘He built six almonries and ruled in all goodness.’
- ‘For the people the king erected almonries at the four gates of the capital, and hospitals, with slave boys and maidens to wait upon the sick.’
Late Middle English from Old French au(l)mosnerie, from medieval Latin eleemosynarius (see almoner).
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