One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A building or place where alms were formerly distributed.
- ‘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.’
- ‘He built six almonries and ruled in all goodness.’
- ‘Imagine the annoyance of the Abbot of St Augustine at having his new almonry snatched out of his hands.’
- ‘An unbroken list of masters of the almonry school exists dating from the fourteenth century until 1538 when the monastery was dissolved.’
- ‘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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