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[noun al-uh-muhnt; verb al-uh-ment]
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  1. that which nourishes; nutriment; food.
  2. that which sustains; means of support.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to sustain; support.
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Origin of aliment

1470–80; < Latin alimentum, equivalent to al(ere) to feed + -i- -i- + -mentum -ment
Related formsal·i·men·tal, adjectiveal·i·men·tal·ly, adverb


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Related Words

fare, nutrition, nourishment, edible, victuals, provender, nutriment, eats, sustenance, pabulum, foodstuff, nurture, comestible, provision, esculent

Examples from the Web for aliment

Historical Examples

  • Others, who demanded revenge, found an aliment for their inactive forces.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • He died like a lamp which ceases to burn for want of aliment.

    Perils and Captivity

    Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard

  • All these are placed before the Chapel kindred for inspiration and aliment.

    Child and Country

    Will Levington Comfort

  • A few mouthfuls of the aliment are rejected at a time for some hours after meals.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • Cook found no traces of aliment in the stomachs of those shot by his party.

British Dictionary definitions for aliment


noun (ˈælɪmənt)
  1. something that nourishes or sustains the body or mind
  2. Scots law another term for alimony
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verb (ˈælɪˌmɛnt)
  1. (tr) obsolete to support or sustain
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Derived Formsalimental, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin alimentum food, from alere to nourish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for aliment


"food," late 15c., from Latin alimentum "nourishment," in plural, "food, provisions," from alere "to nourish" (see alimentary).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

aliment in Medicine


  1. Something that nourishes; food.
  2. Something that supports or sustains.
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  1. To supply with sustenance, such as food.
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