[ noun al-uh-muhnt; verb al-uh-ment ]
/ noun ˈæl ə mənt; verb ˈæl əˌmɛnt /


that which nourishes; nutriment; food.
that which sustains; means of support.

verb (used with object)

to sustain; support.

Origin of aliment

1470–80; < Latin alimentum, equivalent to al(ere) to feed + -i- -i- + -mentum -ment

Related forms

al·i·men·tal, adjectiveal·i·men·tal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aliment


noun (ˈælɪmənt)

something that nourishes or sustains the body or mind
Scots law another term for alimony

verb (ˈælɪˌmɛnt)

(tr) obsolete to support or sustain

Derived Forms

alimental, adjective

Word Origin for aliment

C15: from Latin alimentum food, from alere to nourish
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Medicine definitions for aliment


[ ălə-mənt ]


Something that nourishes; food.
Something that supports or sustains.


To supply with sustenance, such as food.
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