Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    One who dispenses alms.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In old English law. An almoner or chief officer, who received the eleemosynary rents anl gifts, and in due method distributed them to pious and charitable uses. Cowell; Wharton. The name of an officer (lord almoner) of the English kings, in former times, who distributed the royal aims or bounty. Fleta, llb. 2, c. 23.