Origin of eleemosynary
- Medieval Latin eleēmosynārius from Late Latin eleēmosyna alms alms
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Medieval Latin eleemosynarius (“alms dispenser”), from Late Latin eleemosyna (“alms”), from Ancient Greek ἐλεημοσύνη (eleēmosynē, “alms”), from ἐλεέω (eleëō, “I have mercy”), from ἔλεος (eleos, “pity”).
- Compare Italian elemosina.