Adjective "alms" definition and examples

(Alms may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples

plural noun

(in historical contexts) money or food given to poor people.
  1. 'One day, as she was giving out alms for the poor, the King arrived and so she hid the alms in the fold of her gown, scared that he would be angered by the amount she was giving to the needy.'
  2. 'He had been handing out alms to starving refugee children.'
  3. 'Monks, adorned in their saffron robes, walking silent and barefoot, collect their alms from food vendors and passers-by.'
  4. 'Gifts of alms are for charitable purposes and not the institutional needs of the temple.'
  5. 'She begged for food and alms, reaching wordlessly through the open windows of the buses parked at the bus stand.'
  6. 'Setting the tone for the rest of the journey, the queen made public appearances and distributed alms to the poor.'
  7. 'Traditionally, it was on December 26th that the alms boxes in English churches were opened and their contents distributed to the poor.'
  8. 'They pray five times a day, fast during the month of Ramadan, perform the sacred pilgrimage to Mecca and give alms to the poor.'
  9. 'In other words, belief in God and efforts to please Him must be accompanied by acts of charity and alms can be both voluntary and compulsory.'
  10. 'However, our lesson also states showing mercy by giving alms and earnestly praying elicits God's reward.'

More definitions

1. money, food, or other donations given to the poor or needy; anything given as charity: The hands of the beggars were outstretched for alms.

More examples(as adjective)

"boxes can be alms."


Old English ælmysse, ælmesse, from Christian Latin eleemosyna, from Greek eleēmosunē ‘compassion’, from eleēmōn ‘compassionate’, from eleos ‘mercy’.