An example of alms would be the food given to a soup kitchen.
- money, food, clothes, etc. given to poor people
- Obs. a deed of mercy
Origin of almsMiddle English almesse from Old English ælmesse from Ecclesiastical Late Latin eleemosyna from Classical Greek ele?mosyn?, pity, mercy (in Septuagint and New Testament , charity, alms) from ele?m?n, merciful from eleos, mercy, origin, originally , woe, probably from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form el- from source Norwegian dialect, dialectal jalm, noise
Origin of almsMiddle English almes from Old English ælmesse from Late Latin eleēmosyna from Greek eleēmosunē pity, charity from eleēmōn pitiful from eleos pity
From Old English ælmesse, from Ancient Greek ἐλεημοσύνη (eleēmosynē, “alms”), from ἐλεέω (eleëō, “I have mercy”), from ἔλεος (eleos, “mercy”).