Almoner



a person whose function or duty is the distribution of alms on behalf of an institution, a royal personage, a monastery, etc.
British.

a hospital official who determines the amount due for a patient’s treatment.
a social worker in a hospital.

Historical Examples

These views plainly argue that in relation to the supply of gladness, woman is the almoner, man the beggar.
The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland

He becomes the almoner of the treasure-house of Light and Knowledge.
The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul Jirah D. Buck

Charles V. appointed him his almoner and preacher; in this quality he took him to Germany, where he made a long stay.
The History of the Inquisition of Spain from the Time of its Establishment to the Reign of Ferdinand VII. Juan Antonio Llorente

And he has often commissioned his almoner to find a benefice for me.
Erasmus and the Age of Reformation Johan Huizinga

Dr Denton, her old friend, went as her almoner, and John Palsgrave as her secretary.
Mary Tudor, Queen of France Mary Croom Brown

“The body servant of the almoner, Pedro de Soto,” was the reply.
Barbara Blomberg, Complete Georg Ebers

As the vicaress was her almoner that lady felt her importance rapidly on the increase.
The Shuttle Frances Hodgson Burnett

He is almoner to the uncompassionate, who but for him would give no alms.
The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays Ambrose Bierce

She was the almoner of the bounty of the queen to multitudes of the poor and the sick, in different quarters of the city.
Sketches of Aboriginal Life V. V. Vide

Every almoner must have his heart aglow with charity, says one writer.
English Monastic Life Abbot Gasquet

noun
(Brit, obsolete) a trained hospital social worker responsible for the welfare of patients
(formerly) a person who distributes alms or charity on behalf of a household or institution
n.

“official distributor of alms on behalf of another,” c.1300 (mid-13c. as a surname), from Old French almosnier (12c.; Modern French aumônerie), from Vulgar Latin *almosinarius, from Late Latin elemosinarius (adj.) “connected with alms,” from eleemosyna “alms” (see alms).

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