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  1. a suffix of nouns, often concrete, denoting an action or resulting state (abridgment; refreshment), a product (fragment), or means (ornament).
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Origin of -ment

< French < Latin -mentum, suffix forming nouns, usually from verbs
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Historical Examples

  • Parlyment's elected by the People, and Gover'ment's elected by Parlyment.

    The Burning Spear

    John Galsworthy

  • I knew not what lust had ment, except the law had said, Thow shalt not lust.

  • He ment of the mother to Mary that now myschevouslie regnes.

  • Heereat the duke all smiling did aske hir what thereby she ment?

  • They said the King of Shashma ment to goe to the Emperour the next moneth.

British Dictionary definitions for ment


suffix forming nouns
  1. indicating state, condition, or qualityenjoyment
  2. indicating the result or product of an actionembankment
  3. indicating process or actionmanagement
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Word Origin

from French, from Latin -mentum
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Word Origin and History for ment


suffix forming nouns, originally from French and representing Latin -mentum, which was added to verb stems sometimes to represent the result or product of the action. French inserts an -e- between the verbal root and the suffix (e.g. commenc-e-ment from commenc-er; with verbs in ir, -i- is inserted instead (e.g. sent-i-ment from sentir). Used with English verb stems from 16c. (e.g. merriment, which also illustrates the habit of turning -y to -i- before this suffix).

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