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


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Nearby words

-meal, -megalia, -megaly, -meister, -melia, -ment, -mer, -mere, -merous, -meter, -metric

Origin of -ment

< French < Latin -mentum, suffix forming nouns, usually from verbs Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for -ment


suffix forming nouns

indicating state, condition, or qualityenjoyment
indicating the result or product of an actionembankment
indicating process or actionmanagement

Word Origin for -ment

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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