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almoner
n. one who distributes alms, one who gives donations or aid to the needy; social worker in a hospital

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Almoner
An almoner is a chaplain or church officer who originally was in charge of distributing money to the deserving poor. The first deacons mentioned in Acts 6:1–4 dealt with the distribution of the charity of the early Christian churches to needy members. The title almoner has fallen out of use in English, but its equivalents in other languages are often used for many pastoral functions exercised by chaplains or pastors. The word derives from the Ancient Greek ἐλεημοσύνη, eleēmosynē (see ), via the Vulgar Latin almosinarius.

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almoner

Noun
1. an official in a British hospital who looks after the social and material needs of the patients
(synonym) medical social worker
(hypernym) social worker, caseworker, welfare worker


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Almoner
(n.)
One who distributes alms, esp. the doles and alms of religious houses, almshouses, etc.; also, one who dispenses alms for another, as the almoner of a prince, bishop, etc.
  

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formerly a person working in a hospital, looking after the welfare of patients and the families of patients (now called medical social worker)



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