- something used to give a special flavor to food, as mustard, ketchup, salt, or spices.
Origin of condiment
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin condīmentum spice, equivalent to condī(re) to season + -mentum -ment
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Examples from the Web for condiments
But the condiments are only necessary in so far as they are good for health?The Republic
Chief among these are the condiments and drinks, particularly coffee and tea.Rural Hygiene
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I dare say these condiments were intended to supply her guests for years.Eventide
On each table is a caster-stand, containing cruets of condiments and seasons.The Four Million
Pliny is said to have considered it the best appetizer of all condiments.
- any spice or sauce such as salt, pepper, mustard, etc
C15: from Latin condīmentum seasoning, from condīre to pickle
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Word Origin and History for condiments
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