a distributor of alms, as for a church, royal family, etc.
Origin of almonerMiddle English almoiner from Old French almosnier from almosne, act of mercy from Ecclesiastical Late Latin an unverified form alemosyna from eleemosyna: see alms
- One who distributes alms.
- Chiefly British A hospital social worker.
Origin of almonerMiddle English aumoner from Old French aumonier from amosne alms from Late Latin eleēmosyna alms ; see alms .