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 amp; 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 ele&emacron;mosyna, from Greek ele&emacron;mosun&emacron;, pity, charity, from ele&emacron;m&omacron;n, pitiful, from eleos, pity.
From Old English ælmesse, from Ancient Greek ἐλεημοσύνη (eleēmosynē, “alms”), from ἐλεέω (eleëō, “I have mercy”), from ἔλεος (eleos, “mercy”).