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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.
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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
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alms•house

(ˈɑmzˌhaʊs)

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

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

almshouse

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

alms-house [ˈɑːmzhaʊs] nhospice m
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almshouse

[ˈɑːmzˌhaʊs] nospizio
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References in classic literature ?
On all his estates Pierre saw with his own eyes brick buildings erected or in course of erection, all on one plan, for hospitals, schools, and almshouses, which were soon to be opened.
The residue of the property was to be devoted to the erection and endowment of almshouses for old men, to be called Featherstone's Alms-Houses, and to be built on a piece of land near Middlemarch already bought for the purpose by the testator, he wishing--so the document declared--to please God Almighty.
"All that could be done for them in the English provinces was, to send them to the almshouses, or bind them out to taskmasters.
'I had some idea,' he said, 'of providing for your mother in a pleasant part of the country--(he had a presentation to some almshouses on the borders of Cornwall, which had occurred to him more than once)--but as you want to be together, I must do something else for her.
Having infused by persistent importunities some sort of heat into the chilly interest of several licensed victuallers (the acquaintances once upon a time of her late unlucky husband), Mrs Verloc's mother had at last secured her admission to certain almshouses founded by a wealthy innkeeper for the destitute widows of the trade.
In that event, no doubt, he would establish the Jarndyce Institution and the Summerson Almshouses, and a little annual Corporation Pilgrimage to St.
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. She had no friend but Peter, nor Peter any friend but Tabitha; so long as Peter might have a shelter for his own head, Tabitha would know where to shelter hers; or, being homeless elsewhere, she would take her master by the hand and bring him to her native home, the almshouse.