[ al-uh-moh-nee ]
/ ˈæl əˌmoʊ ni /


Law. an allowance paid to a person by that person's spouse or former spouse for maintenance, granted by a court upon a legal separation or a divorce or while action is pending.
supply of the means of living; maintenance.

Origin of alimony

1645–55; < Latin alimōnia nourishment, sustenance, derivative of alimōn- (stem of alimō), equivalent to ali- (see aliment) + -mōn- action noun suffix parallel to -mentum -ment

Related forms

al·i·mo·nied, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for alimony


/ (ˈælɪmənɪ) /


law (formerly) an allowance paid under a court order by one spouse to another when they are separated but not divorcedSee also maintenance

Word Origin for alimony

C17: from Latin alimōnia sustenance, from alere to nourish
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