Tenure by free alms
Alms Alms ([add]mz), n. sing. & pl. [OE. almes, almesse, AS. [ae]lmysse, fr. L. eleemosyna, Gr. 'elehmosy`nh mercy, charity, alms, fr. 'eleei^n to pity. Cf. {Almonry}, {Eleemosynary}.] Anything given gratuitously to relieve the poor, as money, food, or clothing; a gift of charity. [1913 Webster]

A devout man . . . which gave much alms to the people. --Acts x. 2. [1913 Webster]

Alms are but the vehicles of prayer. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Tenure by free alms}. See {Frankalmoign}. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word alms is singular in its form (almesse), and is sometimes so used; as, ``asked an alms.'' --Acts iii. 3. ``Received an alms.'' --Shak. It is now, however, commonly a collective or plural noun. It is much used in composition, as almsgiver, almsgiving, alms bag, alms chest, etc. [1913 Webster]


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  • tenure by free alms — Frankalmoigne Frank al*moigne , n. [F. franc free + Norm. F. almoigne alma, for almosne, F. aum[^o]ne. See {Frank}, a., and {Almoner}.] (Eng. Law) A tenure by which a religious corporation holds lands given to them and their successors forever,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tenure by free alms — Same as tenure in frankalmoign …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • tenure by free alms — frankalmoign …   Useful english dictionary

  • Free Alms — 1) An ecclesiastical tenure by which a monastery or other ecclesiastical corporation holds property under the obligation of saying prayers for the souls of the donor and his family. (Hogue, Arthur R. Origins of the Common Law, 256) 2) The tenure… …   Medieval glossary

  • Alms — ([add]mz), n. sing. & pl. [OE. almes, almesse, AS. [ae]lmysse, fr. L. eleemosyna, Gr. elehmosy nh mercy, charity, alms, fr. eleei^n to pity. Cf. {Almonry}, {Eleemosynary}.] Anything given gratuitously to relieve the poor, as money, food, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tenure — /tenyar/ Generally, tenure is a right, term, or mode of holding or occupying, and tenure of an office means the manner in which it is held, especially with regard to time. Winterberg v. University of Nevada System, 89 Nev. 358, 513 P.2d 1248,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • frankalmoign tenure — A form of land tenure whereby a religious corporation held lands of the donor to them and their successors forever. Tenure in free alms,–a Saxon tenure which survived the Norman revolution, and under which tenure an ecclesiastical corporation… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Frankalmoigne — Frank al*moigne , n. [F. franc free + Norm. F. almoigne alma, for almosne, F. aum[^o]ne. See {Frank}, a., and {Almoner}.] (Eng. Law) A tenure by which a religious corporation holds lands given to them and their successors forever, usually on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frankalmoigne — noun A tenure by which a religious corporation holds lands given to them and their successors forever, usually on condition of praying for the soul of the donor and his heirs; called also tenure by free alms …   Wiktionary

  • Tithe — For the type of land division, see Tithing (country subdivision). The Tithe Pig, group by Derby Porcelain, c. 1770 A tithe ( …   Wikipedia

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