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

Origin of -ment

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

Words nearby -ment

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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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