- of or relating to alms, charity, or charitable donations; charitable.
- derived from or provided by charity.
An author ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their money.
— Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, 1749
Eleemosynary has roots in the Greek term éleos meaning “compassion; pity.” It entered English in the early 1600s.