Word of the day

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almoner (noun) – 1. One who distributes alms.
2. (Chiefly British) A hospital social worker.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “Official distributor of alms on behalf of another,” circa 1300 (mid-13th century as a surname), from Old French almosnier “alms-giver” (12th century; Modern French aum?nier), from Vulgar Latin *almosinarius, from Late Latin elemosinarius “connected with alms,” from eleemosyna “alms” (see alms). OED notes, “the Renascence brought up a number of artificial spellings ….”