nourishment

[nur-ish-muh nt, nuhr-]

noun

something that nourishes; food, nutriment, or sustenance.
the act of nourishing.
the state of being nourished.
a process, system, method, etc., of providing or administering nourishment: a treatise on the nourishment of international trade.

Nearby words

  1. noun phrase,
  2. nourice,
  3. nourish,
  4. nourishing,
  5. nourishingly,
  6. nous,
  7. nouveau,
  8. nouveau pauvre,
  9. nouveau riche,
  10. nouveau roman

Origin of nourishment

1375–1425; late Middle English norysshement < Middle French norissement. See nourish, -ment

Related formsnon·nour·ish·ment, nouno·ver·nour·ish·ment, nounre·nour·ish·ment, nounself-nour·ish·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for nourishment

nourishment

noun

the act or state of nourishing
a substance that nourishes; food; nutriment
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Word Origin and History for nourishment

nourishment

n.

early 15c., "food, sustenance," from Old French norissement "food, nourishment," from norrir (see nourish). From c.1300 as "fostering."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for nourishment

nourishment

[nûrĭsh-mənt]

n.

Something that nourishes; food.

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