(full definition)
noun:  1. In a general sense, love, benevolence, good will; that disposition of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow men, and to do them good. In a theological sense, it includes supreme love to God, and
universal good will to men. 
2. In a more particular sense, love, kindness, affection, tenderness, springing from natural relations;
as the charities of father, son, and brother.
3. liberality to the poor, consisting in almsgiving or benefactions, or gratuitous services
to relieve them in distress.

Noah Webster's 1828
Dictionary of the
(short definition)

Love, good will, supreme love to God,
universal good will to men; kindness, tenderness, affection; also, giving to the poor, relieving the
poor in their distress.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity,
these three;
but the greatest of these
is charity.
1 Cor