[kon-duh-muh nt]


something used to give a special flavor to food, as mustard, ketchup, salt, or spices.

Origin of condiment

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin condīmentum spice, equivalent to condī(re) to season + -mentum -ment
Related formscon·di·men·tal, con·di·men·ta·ry, adjectivenon·con·di·ment, nounnon·con·di·men·tal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of condiment

  • Best eaten with strong, spicy harissa as a condiment, to counter the fattiness of the meat.

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  • Not so much a dish but a condiment suited for almost any meal, salsa verde would have to be one of the tastiest condiments.

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Historical Examples of condiment

British Dictionary definitions for condiment



any spice or sauce such as salt, pepper, mustard, etc

Word Origin for condiment

C15: from Latin condīmentum seasoning, from condīre to pickle
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Word Origin and History for condiment

early 15c., from Old French condiment (13c.), from Latin condimentum "spice, seasoning, sauce," from condire "to preserve, pickle, season," variant of condere "to put away, store," from com- "together" (see com-) + -dere comb. form meaning "to put, place," from dare "to give" (see date (n.1)).

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