a house endowed by private charity for the reception and support of the aged or infirm poor.
(formerly) a poorhouse.
Historical Examples

It is not fitting that while I am possessed of abundant means you should longer remain the tenant of an almshouse.
Paul Prescott’s Charge Horatio Alger

A few years later Charterhouse was converted into an almshouse and a school.
The History of London Walter Besant

Godalming’s almshouse is a long low building of red brick, standing behind a white gate and some elms on the road by Farncombe.
Highways and Byways in Surrey Eric Parker

At this time he had taken Leo from the almshouse, to be her companion in his absence.
Make or Break Oliver Optic

Convinced or persuaded by what Mrs. Hungerford said, all her friends and acquaintance attended her this morning to the almshouse.
Tales And Novels, Volume 2 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth

He took his way across the fields, so as to reach the almshouse before his father.
Paul Prescott’s Charge Horatio Alger

In prison, hospital, and almshouse to-night the city is host, and gives of her plenty.
Children of the Tenements Jacob A. Riis

The almshouse could tell the story of a hundred women who married men to reform them.
The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage

In 1816, a portion of the almshouse was set apart for the punishment of felons, by the institution of the treadmill.
Danger! A True History of a Great City’s Wiles and Temptations William Howe

On the one side is the palace, on the other are the almshouse and “silent poor.”
Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience Henry David Thoreau

(Brit, history) a privately supported house offering accommodation to the aged or needy
(mainly Brit) another name for poorhouse

mid-15c., from alms + house (n.).


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