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condiment

[kon-duh-muh nt]
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noun
  1. something used to give a special flavor to food, as mustard, ketchup, salt, or spices.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • But the condiments are only necessary in so far as they are good for health?

    The Republic

    Plato

  • Chief among these are the condiments and drinks, particularly coffee and tea.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • I dare say these condiments were intended to supply her guests for years.

    Eventide

    Effie Afton

  • On each table is a caster-stand, containing cruets of condiments and seasons.

  • Pliny is said to have considered it the best appetizer of all condiments.


British Dictionary definitions for condiments

condiment

noun
  1. any spice or sauce such as salt, pepper, mustard, etc
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Word Origin

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

condiment

n.

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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