Etymology: OE. aumener, aulmener, OF. almosnier, aumosnier, F. aumínier, fr. OF. almosne, alms, L. eleemosyna. See Alms.
- one who distributes alms, esp. the doles and alms of religious houses, almshouses;
- one who dispenses alms for another, as the almoner of a prince, bishop
- a title given to a royal officer charged with the duty of distributing alms or bounty on behalf of a monarch
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