from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An establishment maintained at public expense as housing for the homeless.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An establishment in which persons receiving public charity are lodged and cared for; an almshouse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A dwelling for a number of paupers maintained at public expense; an almshouse; a workhouse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A charitable institution where poor or homeless people are lodged
  • noun A workhouse

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an establishment maintained at public expense in order to provide housing for the poor and homeless


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