almshouse


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alms·house

 (ämz′hous′)
n.
1. A poorhouse.
2. Chiefly British A home for the poor that is maintained by private charity.

almshouse

(ˈɑːmzˌhaʊs)
n
1. (Historical Terms) history Brit a privately supported house offering accommodation to the aged or needy
2. chiefly Brit another name for poorhouse

alms•house

(ˈɑmzˌhaʊs)

n., pl. -hous•es (-ˌhaʊ zɪz)
1. Brit. a private establishment for housing the poor.
[1350–1400]

almshouse

Housing endowed by a public or private charity for use by the poor.
Translations

almshouse

[ˈɑːmzhaʊs] N (almshouses (pl)) → hospicio m, casa f de beneficencia

almshouse

alms-house [ˈɑːmzhaʊs] nhospice m

almshouse

[ˈɑːmzˌhaʊs] nospizio
References in classic literature ?
A MILLIONAIRE who had gone to an almshouse to visit his father met a Neighbour there, who was greatly surprised.
In all respects, however, ye make too familiar with the spirit; and out of wisdom have ye often made an almshouse and a hospital for bad poets.
This couple from the palace and the almshouse are but the types of thousands more who represent the dark tragedy of life and seldom quarrel for the upper parts.
However, if one designs to construct a dwelling-house, it behooves him to exercise a little Yankee shrewdness, lest after all he find himself in a workhouse, a labyrinth without a clue, a museum, an almshouse, a prison, or a splendid mausoleum instead.
She has been celebrated in all the medical newspapers--and she has been admitted to come excellent almshouse, to live in comfortable idleness to a green old age.
Tabitha Porter was an old maid, upwards of sixty years of age, fifty-five of which she had sat in that same chimney-corner, such being the length of time since Peter's grandfather had taken her from the almshouse.
Old Moreau's case suggested the idea to me of founding an almshouse for the country people of the district; a refuge for those who, after working hard all their lives, have reached an honorable old age of poverty.
The New York City Almshouse, at Bellevue on the East River, housed over 1,500 inmates at a time(with annual deaths approaching 500), and served as a last refuge for the destitute of all ages}
She took to her bed at once, received her friends in tears and a point-lace cap, and cheered her family by plaintively inquiring when she was to be taken to the almshouse.
She broke in: "You're neglecting the farm enough already," and this being true, he found no answer, and left her time to add ironically: "Better send me over to the almshouse and done with it.
But the more I thought of it, the more I felt the weight of it upon my mind; and I never got quite rid of the impression until I put a couple of old women into an almshouse and kept them there at my own expense.
They were generally poverty-stricken; always plebeian and obscure; working with unsuccessful diligence at handicrafts; laboring on the wharves, or following the sea, as sailors before the mast; living here and there about the town, in hired tenements, and coming finally to the almshouse as the natural home of their old age.