/al"meuh neuhr, ah"meuh-/, n.
1. a person whose function or duty is the distribution of alms on behalf of an institution, a royal personage, a monastery, etc.
2. Brit.
a. a hospital official who determines the amount due for a patient's treatment.
b. a social worker in a hospital.
[1250-1300; ME almoiner, aumoner (with insertion of l under influence of ALMS) < OF aumon(i)er LL eleemosynarius ELEEMOSYNARY]

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▪ European history
      originally, an officer responsible for distributing alms to the poor, usually connected with a religious house or other institution but also a position with some governments. In the 13th century, almoners were attached to the French court to distribute the royal alms, and in 1486 the office of grand almoner of France was established. The grand almoner was a high ecclesiastical dignitary who was in charge of the clergy attached to the court and who supervised charitable works. The office was suppressed in France in 1790, revived by Napoleon I and again by Napoleon III, and finally abolished in 1870.

      In England the offices of hereditary grand almoner and high almoner still exist, as part of the Queen's Household. The high almoner, usually a bishop or other prelate, distributes the royal alms on Maundy Thursday.

      In modern times the term almoner has also been used in Britain for a trained social worker, usually a woman, qualified to work in a medical setting. In this sense “almoner” was superseded in 1964 by the title medical social worker, the term also used in the United States. Medical social workers are employed by hospitals and public health departments.

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