One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An official distributor of alms.
- ‘He explains that once he recovered from the injury, he was captured by Spaniards, thrown in jail and then sent to Constantinople to be the almoner to the French Ambassador.’
- ‘After returning to Oxford for a year she gained a ‘war degree’ and qualified as a social worker, or what was then called a lady almoner, in 1947.’
- ‘The former Royal Navy engineer was also an almoner for Beach Lodge for 26 years, which meant he visited sick members and Freemason widows.’
- ‘Lodge almoner Donald Worsnop said it was interesting to visit the school and see the work being done with the children.’
- ‘He soon left scholarship to serve as chaplain to Henry Deane, archbishop of Canterbury, from 1501, became a royal chaplain from 1507, and the king's almoner in 1509.’
Middle English: from Old French aumonier, based on medieval Latin eleemosynarius, from eleemosyna ‘alms’ (see alms).
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