- 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
Examples from the Web for alimony
More specifically, she is using his death as a rallying cry for alimony reform and raising the question: Is alimony anti-feminist?
“I am a fan of alimony reform and I am a fan of the law Massachusetts passed in 2011,” Wood told me.
In the last three decades, courts have begun to apply gender parity to the awarding of alimony.
If the marriage was invalid, Grayson does not have to pay out a dime in alimony as opposed to a divorce.Congressman Accuses Wife Of Bigamy
April 29, 2014
Item 11 “Alimony received”… If only my first marriage had gone that well.Up to a Point: I Do My Own Taxes With No Help, Except From a Couple of Bloody Marys
P. J. O’Rourke
April 15, 2014
Where paternity is established the father is liable for support (or alimony).Women's Wild Oats
C. Gasquoine Hartley
The next turn went on, and all went as merry as an alimony bell.Strictly Business
A voluntary separation, with alimony on one side and on the other.
A voluntary separation, with alimony on one side and on the other!Daniel Webster for Young Americans
The judge had fixed her alimony at $30,000 a year, and an allowance for costs.We Can't Have Everything
- 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 and History for alimony
1650s, "nourishment," also "allowance to a wife from a husband's estate, or in certain cases of separation," from Latin alimonia "food, support, nourishment, sustenance," from alere "to nourish" (see old) + -monia suffix signifying action, state, condition (cognate with Greek -men). Derived form palimony coined 1979.