• (British) IPA: /ˌɛlɪiːˈmɒsɪnəɹi/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌɛlɪˈmɑːsənɛɹi/, /ˌɛlɪˈmɑːzənɛɹi/, /ˌɛliɪˈmɑːsənɛɹi/


  1. Relating to charity, alms, or almsgiving.
    • 1918, Christopher Morley, "Owd Bob" in Mince Pie:
      He did some work for the New York Public Library . . . and also dabbled in eleemosynary science for the Russell Sage Foundation.
  2. Given in charity or alms; having the nature of alms
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Book I ch i:
      An author ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their money.
    • 1855, Walt Whitman, "To the Pending Year" in Leaves of Grass:
      Crouch low thy neck to eleemosynary gifts.
  3. Supported by charity
    • 1991, Washington Post, October 27:
      Amidst all this, the legal business, the acquiring of land, the construction of the Montgomery Block, Billings had generosity and time to support the founding of the University of California and a half dozen churches, schools, orphan asylums and other eleemosynary institutions.
Synonyms Noun

eleemosynary (plural eleemosynaries)

  1. (obsolete) A beggar
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