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Definition of the noun Almshouse

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noun - plural: almshouses

  1. A building of residence for the poor, sick or elderly of a parish. Originally founded by the Church. Usually a charity relying on donations for funding.


  1. The Almshouse is an historic almshouse located at 45 Matignon Road, Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is now the site of the International School of Boston's main campus.
  2. The Almshouse is a historic almshouse at 136 Elm Street in Stoneham, Massachusetts, and one of the few surviving structures of the type in the Greater Boston area. The 2.5 story wood frame house was built in 1852 with minimal Greek Revival styling, principally the sidelights around the front door. A hood that shelters the entrance is a later addition, and the building has been further extended in the 20th century.
  3. Almshouse a.k.a. The Rockland Almshouse is a historic almshouse at 198 Spring Street in Rockland, Massachusetts. The large 2-1/2 story L-shaped building was built in 1876, and served as a communal poor house until 1979. It is a rare well-preserved example of a 19th-century almshouse.


Almshouse: Almshouses are charitable housing provided to enable people to live in a particular community. They are often targeted at the poor of a locality, at those from certain forms of previous employment, or their widows, and are generally maintained by a charity or the trustees of a bequest.

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Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law and Practice (1910)

— See the titles DocumENTARY EVIDENCE; JUDICIAL NoTICE; TIME ALMSHOUSE. — An almshouse is a house devoted to the reception and support of the poor; ...

Google previewThe Institution Quarterly (1916)


The Marshall County almshouse is a cluster of small buildings, all very old. The main house, in which live the women...

Google previewGrounding Security (2013)

Family, Insurance and the State by Professor Carol Weisbrod

Here, the almshouse is a creature of the municipality and can represent the state. We might be interested in the details of the Dutch welfare system, public and private. The guilds are said to have been involved in assistance to the poor and we ...

Google previewThe Warden (2014)

The Chronicles of Barsetshire by Anthony Trollope

Trollope's novel about the Jupiter's campaign against the management of an almshouse is a microcosmic version of the violent disagreement about the power of the press by which Britain was gripped in the mid1850s. When Sebastopol fell, in ...

Google previewThe Great western, Cheltenham and Great western, and Bristol and Exeter railway guides (1839)

by Great western railway

The Almshouse is an ancient building, formerly an hospital of the order of St. Augustin. The principal manufactures are silk, linen, haberdashery, and buttons. Pop. 4075. Inns, the Antelope and the King's Arms. Market-days, Tuesday, Thursday, ...

Google previewA Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)

by Samuel Lewis

The oldest almshouse is that of Dr. Hall, founded 27 about the commencement of the last century. The present neat and convenient edifice, erected in 1761, contains apartments for thirteen men and twelve women, who receive each £5 a year; ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Historical Archaeology (2002)

by Charles E. Orser Jnr

In the USA, New York City was unusual in founding both a large publicly supported almshouse in 1735 and a separate bridewell nearby in 1775. However , most towns founded only one institution for the poor in the nineteenth century, calling it ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Social Reform (1897)

by William Dwight Porter Bliss

ALMSHOUSE. — A house appropriated for the use of the poor who are supported by the public or by a revenue derived from private endowments — a poorhouse. In the United States almshouses and poorhouses are synonymous, meaning ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of New York City (2010)

Second Edition by Kenneth T. Jackson, Lisa Keller, Nancy Flood

The first almshouse in what is now New York City was built in 1653 on Beaver Street in New Amsterdam; it was replaced under Dutch and English rule by structures on Broad and Wall streets called deacons' houses, which were privately ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Louisville (2015)

by John E. Kleber

HOME FOR THE AGED AND INFIRM (ALMSHOUSE) HONORABLE ORDER OF KENTUCKY COLONELS. cation of the academy at Garvin Place. The sisters continued the academy in a family house on Sixth St. until they obtained a ...

Google previewSturgis' Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture and Building (1989)

An Unabridged Reprint of the 1901-2 Edition by Russell Sturgis

ALMSHOUSE. ALMERY. Same as Amhry. ALMONRY. A plaee, sometimes a sepamte honse, where the alms of a great ahhey or of a eity or a mngnate were distrihated. (See Alms- honse, B.) ALMS BOX - CHEST. A hox or ehest affixed to the ...

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Small photo of ISTANBUL, TURKEY - APRIL 10, 2015: Almshouse door of Hagia Sophia with unidentified people. Hagia Sophia Almshouse was a charity built by Sultan Mahmud I in 1743 for distributing food to poor peopleSmall photo of BEAUNE,FRANCE - AUGUST 28,2015 - The Hospices de Beaune is a former charitable almshouse in Beaune. It was founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor.Small photo of BEAUNE,FRANCE - AUGUST 28,2015 - The Hospices de Beaune is a former charitable almshouse in Beaune. It was founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor.Small photo of ceremony door of Hagia Sophia AlmshouseSmall photo of GHENT, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 02, 2015: house Van Alijn in Ghent. It is a museum that shows a collection of the daily life in the 20th century. Its located in a former AlmshouseSmall photo of Bay window with heraldic crest. Bay window featuring a heraldic crest from an English almshouse.Small photo of ceremony door of Hagia Sophia Almshouse at snowy winter More...

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Almshouse Meaning

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Scrabble value of A1L1M3S1H4O1U1S1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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