Definition of almoner in US English:



  • An official distributor of alms.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lodge almoner Donald Worsnop said it was interesting to visit the school and see the work being done with the children.’
    • ‘The former Royal Navy engineer was also an almoner for Beach Lodge for 26 years, which meant he visited sick members and Freemason widows.’


Middle English: from Old French aumonier, based on medieval Latin eleemosynarius, from eleemosyna ‘alms’ (see alms).