Definition of almonry in English:


Line breaks: al|mon¦ry
Pronunciation: /ˈɑːmənri
, ˈalm-/

noun (plural almonries)

  • A building or place where alms were formerly distributed.
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    • Imagine the annoyance of the Abbot of St Augustine at having his new almonry snatched out of his hands.
    • Next, Sir Lancelot told the adventures of the Graal which he had seen, and this likewise was written and placed with the other in almonries at Salisbury.
    • An unbroken list of masters of the almonry school exists dating from the fourteenth century until 1538 when the monastery was dissolved.


late Middle English: from Old French au(l)mosnerie, from medieval Latin eleemosynarius (see almoner).

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