n, pl -ries

1. Gen.: A cupboard or a chest, specially one designed to contain the tools, implements, vessels, of books needed for one's profession or calling.

(a) The niche or cupboard near the altar in a church, designed to hold the utensils requisite for conducting worship, or otherwise convenient to the officiating priests. 


(b) a cupboard, cabinet, or case for keeping the most needful books of a student or anything similar.

[C14: from Old French almarie, from Medieval Latin almārium, from Latin armārium chest for storage, from arma arms]

al•mar•y field

n, pl -elds

1. where St. Hilda built her double monastery, Streaneshalch in 657 AD.

2. pl, a field or fields of small sacred storage.