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[kon-duh-muh nt] /ˈkɒn də mənt/
something used to give a special flavor to food, as mustard, ketchup, salt, or spices.
Origin of condiment
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin condīmentum spice, equivalent to condī(re) to season + -mentum -ment
Related forms
condimental, condimentary, adjective
noncondiment, noun
noncondimental, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for condiments
Historical Examples
  • But the condiments are only necessary in so far as they are good for health?

    The Republic Plato
  • Chief among these are the condiments and drinks, particularly coffee and tea.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • I dare say these condiments were intended to supply her guests for years.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • On each table is a caster-stand, containing cruets of condiments and seasons.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • Pliny is said to have considered it the best appetizer of all condiments.

  • The condiments of the table were usually supplied in separate vessels.

    Chats on Household Curios Fred W. Burgess
  • Of condiments the cellaress has to provide almonds, twelve lbs.

    Woman under Monasticism Lina Eckenstein
  • We are sparing of condiments, but such as we use are the best that man has invented.

    Expository Writing Mervin James Curl
  • Hence it is quite necessary to eschew all condiments altogether.

    A Guide to Health Mahatma Gandhi
  • Cheese is then to be classed with meat and eggs, not with condiments.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
British Dictionary definitions for condiments


any spice or sauce such as salt, pepper, mustard, etc
Word Origin
C15: from Latin condīmentum seasoning, from condīre to pickle
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Word Origin and History for condiments



early 15c., from Old French condiment (13c.), from Latin condimentum "spice, seasoning, sauce," from condire "to preserve, pickle, season," variant of condere "to put away, store," from com- "together" (see com-) + -dere comb. form meaning "to put, place," from dare "to give" (see date (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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