Definition of alms-basket in English:

alms-basket

noun

  • 1A basket from which alms are distributed, or (occasionally) in which to receive alms.

  • 2Figurative. Especially in "to live on the alms-basket" (and variants): to depend on what may be freely taken from what others have provided, or from what is publicly available; (also literally) to live on public charity.

Origin

Mid 16th century. From alms + basket.

Pronunciation

alms-basket

/ˈɑːmzˌbaskɪt//ˈɑːmzˌbɑːskɪt/