An example of alms would be the food given to a soup kitchen.
Origin of alms
- Middle English almes from Old English ælmesse from Late Latin eleēmosyna from Greek eleēmosunē pity, charity from eleēmōn pitiful from eleos pity
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old English ælmesse, from Ancient Greek ἐλεημοσύνη (eleēmosynē, “alms”), from ἐλεέω (eleëō, “I have mercy”), from ἔλεος (eleos, “mercy”).