Definition of almshouse in English:



  • A house founded by charity, offering accommodation for poor people.

    • ‘Their inhabitants tended to be settlers, often Flemings or Germans from the continent, privileged in handling trade, minting coins, and keeping up a limited welfare provision of almshouses and leper houses.’
    • ‘His name lives on in the town through the almshouses and school he founded.’
    • ‘Rural towns often maintained outdoor relief even while increasingly building almshouses to maintain the poor.’
    • ‘People with physical disabilities have been meeting at a community hall belonging to the almshouses in Victoria Road.’
    • ‘But at the time the only alleviation remained the institution of workhouses, although philanthropists were constructing almshouses, cheap housing for the poor.’
    • ‘Family members rushed to help as the water threatened to spread from the low-level shower floor into the rest of the almshouse in Bovingdon Road.’
    • ‘The red brick almshouses, built around 1805, are a distinctive local landmark originally built to house the elderly.’
    • ‘Most of their income went on schools, almshouses, and the poor, and their charity attracted so many beggars that there was bad feeling in the village.’
    • ‘Salt built for his huge workforce a Congregational Church, 45 almshouses, 850 houses, plus schools, a hospital, library and bath houses - all neatly laid out in a grid.’
    • ‘Mr Tonge said people eligible for the almshouse accommodation are those who have been taken off North Wiltshire District Council's housing list and cannot get council accommodation.’
    • ‘With its laundry, library, almshouses and handsome non-conformist church, Saltaire was a grand achievement.’
    • ‘The struggling public library was quartered in an 18th-century stone building that had been, in the course of its 185 years, an almshouse, an orphanage, and an insane asylum.’
    • ‘Urban women utterly without resources could seek obstetrical care in almshouses or charity hospitals.’
    • ‘Thus, while the almshouse served the poor, it also served as a powerful vehicle of town life and political ambition.’
    • ‘The almshouses are arranged college-style around a courtyard, and thirteen poor men had board and lodging.’
    • ‘It was still early and the ideal time to pay a quick visit to the thatched Beck Isle Cottage, surely the most chocolate boxy house in the county, and the almshouses.’
    • ‘Consultation with the residents of the almshouses has already begun.’
    • ‘It was while he was applying for full transfer of the licence in court that elderly residents, who live in nearby in sheltered housing and almshouses, began to lodge complaints about amplified noise.’
    • ‘In both the West and East there arose a network of almshouses for the poor, old-age shelters, medical hospitals, and orphanages.’
    • ‘Rev Ruth Scott, a mother of two, works as a part-time chaplain in Richmond Church Charity's seven almshouses.’