What does the word alms mean?

Usage examples for alms

  1. And the old lady gave the old soldier alms, and went into the church with Karen. – Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  2. Take it; I am not offering you alms, but assisting you to avenge your sister, because your revenge is mine as well; because, if you have an outrage to wipe out, I have a crime, an infamous crime, to punish, and I have sworn a solemn oath to attain my object. – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock
  3. She had been two months in the alms- house, when she was strong enough to work, and by a rule of he place, she had to work two months, to pay for her keeping while sick, before she would be allowed to go out, and maintain herself. – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English