almoner

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From Old English aumener, aulmener, Old French almosnier, aumosnier, French aumônier, from Old French almosne ‎(alms), Latin eleemosyna. See alms, Almosen.

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almoner ‎(plural almoners)

  1. one who distributes alms, especially the doles and alms of religious houses, almshouses;
  2. one who dispenses alms for another, as the almoner of a prince, bishop
  3. 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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