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[noun al-uh-muh nt; verb al-uh-ment] /noun ˈæl ə mənt; verb ˈæl əˌmɛnt/
that which nourishes; nutriment; food.
that which sustains; means of support.
verb (used with object)
to sustain; support.
Origin of aliment
1470-80; < Latin alimentum, equivalent to al(ere) to feed + -i- -i- + -mentum -ment
Related forms
alimental, adjective
alimentally, adverb
1. nourishment. 1, 2. sustenance. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for aliment
Historical Examples
  • Others, who demanded revenge, found an aliment for their inactive forces.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • He died like a lamp which ceases to burn for want of aliment.

    Perils and Captivity Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
  • All these are placed before the Chapel kindred for inspiration and aliment.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • A few mouthfuls of the aliment are rejected at a time for some hours after meals.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin
  • Cook found no traces of aliment in the stomachs of those shot by his party.

    Heads and Tales Various
  • Indeed, what known fruit is there that is more wholesome as an aliment than this?

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • They form, in some sort, the prehensile organs which seize the aliment.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • Caterpillars in the course of a month devour 60,000 times their own weight of aliment.

    The Reason Why Anonymous
  • Dogs to whom you present an aliment for which they have no taste, bite you.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 8 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • If he has no other aliment, he must go on feeding upon what he has.

    English Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
British Dictionary definitions for aliment


noun (ˈælɪmənt)
something that nourishes or sustains the body or mind
(Scots law) another term for alimony
verb (ˈælɪˌmɛnt)
(transitive) (obsolete) to support or sustain
Derived Forms
alimental, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin alimentum food, from alere to nourish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aliment

"food," late 15c., from Latin alimentum "nourishment," in plural, "food, provisions," from alere "to nourish" (see alimentary).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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aliment in Medicine

aliment al·i·ment (āl'ə-mənt)

  1. Something that nourishes; food.

  2. Something that supports or sustains.

v. al·i·ment·ed, al·i·ment·ing, al·i·ments
To supply with sustenance, such as food.
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