from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A pantry.
- n. A niche near the altar of a church for keeping sacred vessels and vestments.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A storehouse. (Especially a niche or recess in a wall used for storage.)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In churches, a kind of closet, niche, cupboard, or locker for utensils, vestments, etc.
- n. A store closet, as a pantry, cupboard, etc.
- n. Almonry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place for keeping things; a storehouse, storeroom, closet, pantry, cupboard, press, safe, locker, chest. Specifically
- n. A place for keeping victuals; a pantry, cupboard, or meat-safe.
- n. Hir. Will not any fool take me for a wise man now, seeing me draw out of the pit of my treasury this little god with his belly full of gold?
- n. In ancient churches, a niche or recess, fitted with a door, in the wall near the altar, in which the sacred utensils were deposited.
- n. A place for keeping books; a library.
- n. Same as almonry.
Middle English almerie, place for safekeeping, from Old French almarie, from Medieval Latin almārium, from Latin armārium, closet, from arma, tools; see arm2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman almarie, aumer et al., Old French almarie, and their source, Latin armārium. (Wiktionary)