condiment

[ kon-duh-muh nt ]
/ ˈkɒn də mənt /

noun

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
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condiment

/ (ˈkɒndɪmənt) /

noun

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 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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