• WordNet 3.6
    • n almoner an official in a British hospital who looks after the social and material needs of the patients
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Almoner A social worker in a hospital.
    • Almoner An official in a hospital whose job it is to calculate how much a patient must pay for treatment.
    • Almoner One who distributes alms, esp. the doles and alms of religious houses, almshouses, etc.; also, one who dispenses alms for another, as the almoner of a prince, bishop, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n almoner A dispenser of alms or charity; especially, a person charged with the distribution of alms as an official duty. The office of almoner was first instituted in monasteries and other religious houses, which were required to dispense part of their revenues in charity. Almoners, usually priests, and often acting also as chaplains, were afterward attached to the households of sovereigns, feudal lords, prelates, etc., and to public institutions of various kinds. In France the name early became synonymous with chaplain. (See aumonier.) The grand almoner of the realm was regularly a cardinal or other high prelate; since the Revolution this post has been alternately restored and abolished. In England there is a lord almoner, or lord high almoner, an ecclesiastical officer, generally a bishop, who formerly had the forfeiture of all deodands and the goods of all suicides, which he had to distribute to the poor. He now distributes twice a year the sovereign's bounty, which consists in giving a silver penny each to as many poor persons as the sovereign is years of age. There is also a sub-almoner, and a hereditary grand almoner. The office of the latter is now almost a sinecure.
    • n almoner An alms-purse.
    • n almoner In general, a purse, especially a large purse, or pouch, usually (from the twelfth century until the fifteenth) hung from the girdle. It was closed either by cords drawn through the hem, or in a casing, or by a clasp. It took to a great extent the place of a pocket.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Almoner al′mun-ėr a distributer of alms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aumener, aulmener, OF. almosnier, aumosnier, F. aumônier, fr. OF. almosne, alms, L. eleemosyna,. See Alms
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aumoner, aumonier (Fr. aumônier)—Low L. eleemosynarius (adj.). See Alms.


In literature:

He becomes the almoner of the treasure-house of Light and Knowledge.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
"Notes and Queries, Number 203, September 17, 1853" by Various
"Notes and Queries, Number 204, September 24, 1853" by Various
The good things were of Elizabeth's providing; but Kitty acted as her almoner.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
Thomas Lord Cromwell patronised him; and Queen Catherine Parr appointed him her almoner.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Will you, dear Frida, be my almoner and do my business for me?
"Little Frida" by Anonymous
For all that I shall stick to the cheque now, and act to that amount as your almoner.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Government becomes also an almoner to bestow charities.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
You, and others of your stamp, look upon me as an almoner, not more nor less.
"Gerald Fitzgerald The Chevalier" by Charles James Lever
Among the persons connected with the queen's establishment, the writer mentions her confessor, her almoner, and four physicians.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
Sir Henry Doulton took an active interest, as almoner, in St Thomas's hospital.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
His elder pupil, when he came to the throne, made him, first, Grand Almoner of France, and then Bishop of Auxerre, while Henri III.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Then you, Raincy, shall be my grand almoner.
"The White Plumes of Navarre" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
A staff of almoners was thus forthcoming.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
She was the almoner of the bounty of the queen to multitudes of the poor and the sick, in different quarters of the city.
"Sketches of Aboriginal Life" by V. V. Vide
It is so named because it is the outgrowth of the work of Almon B. Strowger, an early inventor in the automatic telephone art.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony and Telegraphy, Vol. 2" by Kempster Miller
I am only almoner here, and there are but three of us left.
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
He, too, had attended the emperor in Germany, as his preacher and almoner.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 4, July, 1851" by Various
The lord almoner, or lord high almoner of England, is generally a bishop, whose office is well-nigh a sinecure.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
Almon A. Jaynes, of the 27th Division Headquarters, to mention only two notable examples among many others.
"A Jewish Chaplain in France" by Lee J. Levinger

In poetry:

A miracle! a miracle!
The holy father cried,
When he stood again within his cell,
And the almoner at his side.
"Enter Monks: From The Same" by Sir John Hanmer
Beholding at each lightning's flash
The generous silver on the sod,
In meek devotion bowed, I thanked
These almoners of God.
"Clouds" by Madison Julius Cawein
"But, dear, once dearest, you and I
This day have parted company.
Love must be free to give, defer,
Himself alone his almoner.
"When Love Went" by Susan Coolidge
His deed, its author long outliving,
By Nature's mother-care increased,
Shall stand, his verdant almoner, giving
A kindly dole to man and beast.
"On Planting A Tree At Inveraray" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

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