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 ele&emacron;mosyna, alms; see alms.