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[noun al-uh-muh nt; verb al-uh-ment]
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  1. that which nourishes; nutriment; food.
  2. that which sustains; means of support.
verb (used with object)
  1. to sustain; support.

Origin of aliment

1470–80; < Latin alimentum, equivalent to al(ere) to feed + -i- -i- + -mentum -ment
Related formsal·i·men·tal, adjectiveal·i·men·tal·ly, adverb


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1. nourishment. 1, 2. sustenance.
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noun (ˈælɪmənt)
  1. something that nourishes or sustains the body or mind
  2. Scots law another term for alimony
verb (ˈælɪˌmɛnt)
  1. (tr) obsolete to support or sustain
Derived Formsalimental, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin alimentum food, from alere to nourish
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Word Origin and History for aliments



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

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aliments in Medicine


  1. Something that nourishes; food.
  2. Something that supports or sustains.
  1. To supply with sustenance, such as food.
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