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 (ăl′mə-nər, ä′mə-)
1. One who distributes alms.
2. Chiefly British A hospital social worker.

[Middle English aumoner, from Old French aumonier, from amosne, alms, from Late Latin eleēmosyna, alms; see alms.]


1. obsolete Brit a trained hospital social worker responsible for the welfare of patients
2. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a person who distributes alms or charity on behalf of a household or institution
[C13: from Old French almosnier, from almosne alms, from Vulgar Latin alemosina (unattested), from Late Latin eleēmosyna; see alms]


(ˈæl mə nər, ˈɑ mə-)

1. a person whose function or duty is the distribution of alms on behalf of an institution, a royal personage, etc.
2. Brit. a social worker in a hospital.
[1250–1300; < Old French aumon(i)er « Late Latin eleēmosynārius eleemosynary]

almoner, almner

an official, as of a monastery, whose duty is to distribute charity or alms. — almonership, n.
See also: Aid
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.almoner - an official in a British hospital who looks after the social and material needs of the patientsalmoner - an official in a British hospital who looks after the social and material needs of the patients
caseworker, social worker, welfare worker - someone employed to provide social services (especially to the disadvantaged)


(o.f.) [ˈɑːmənəʳ] N
1. (Hist) → limosnero m
2. (Brit) (Med) → oficial mf de asistencia social (adscrito a un hospital)


(dated Brit: in hospital) → Krankenhausfürsorger(in) m(f)
(old: = distributor of alms) → Almosenpfleger m
References in classic literature ?
He acted as her almoner and secretary as well as her steward--distributed her charities, wrote her letters on business, paid her bills, engaged her servants, stocked her wine-cellar, was authorized to borrow books from her library, and was served with his meals in his own room.
That is not very amusing, but we expect a Carmelite from Paris who will do the duty of our almonry, and who, we are assured, speaks very well, which will keep us awake, whereas our present almoner always sends us to sleep.
"Yes, my dear lady," answered the vicar; "when the editor read the little article I gave him, written by the secretary of the Grand Almoner, he made no difficulty.
I need not go and inquire; for when I took your article to the newspaper office I met a young abbe who brought in a letter from the Grand Almoner, before which you yourself would have had to bow."
As to that newspaper, let the Grand Almoner subscribe as largely as we do, if he wants its services.
I'll amuse you every morning with an account of the game of chess I should play with the Grand Almoner," said des Lupeaulx.
"By the queen's almoner, to whom I am very intimately allied," said Aramis, coloring.
I knew already that Sir Charles Baskerville had made Stapleton his almoner upon several occasions, so the lady's statement bore the impress of truth upon it.
"But I've had so much help from everybody, from the Injured Jockeys Fund and Jack Berry House, and all the staff and almoners.
Like Frank Sarsfield in Russell Kirk's ghost story, "Watchers at the Strait Gate," he kept a running ledger of debts in his head--and he'd pay back his almoners a buck or two at a time.
Other pregnant women received support from families but were later coerced by social workers, doctors, almoners, nurses and the heads of religious organisations into giving up their babies to married couples.