Definition for AL'MON-ER

AL'MON-ER, n. [See Alms.]

An officer whose duty is to distribute charity or alms. By the ancient canons, every monastery was to dispose of a tenth of its income in alms to the poor, and all bishops were obliged to keep an almoner. This title is sometimes given to a chaplain; as, the almoner of a ship or regiment. The lord almoner, or lord high almoner, in England, is an ecclesiastical officer, generally a bishop, who has the forfeiture of all deodands, and the goods of self-murderers, which he is to distribute to the poor. The grand almoner, in France, is the first ecclesiastical dignitary, and has the superintendence of hospitals. – Encyc.

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