Definition of almshouse in English:



  • A house built originally by a charitable person or organization for poor people to live in.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rural towns often maintained outdoor relief even while increasingly building almshouses to maintain the poor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The almshouses are arranged college-style around a courtyard, and thirteen poor men had board and lodging.’
    • ‘The red brick almshouses, built around 1805, are a distinctive local landmark originally built to house the elderly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rev Ruth Scott, a mother of two, works as a part-time chaplain in Richmond Church Charity's seven almshouses.’
    • ‘In both the West and East there arose a network of almshouses for the poor, old-age shelters, medical hospitals, and orphanages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But at the time the only alleviation remained the institution of workhouses, although philanthropists were constructing almshouses, cheap housing for the poor.’
    • ‘Urban women utterly without resources could seek obstetrical care in almshouses or charity hospitals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His name lives on in the town through the almshouses and school he founded.’
    • ‘With its laundry, library, almshouses and handsome non-conformist church, Saltaire was a grand achievement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People with physical disabilities have been meeting at a community hall belonging to the almshouses in Victoria Road.’
    • ‘Thus, while the almshouse served the poor, it also served as a powerful vehicle of town life and political ambition.’
    • ‘Consultation with the residents of the almshouses has already begun.’