- alimony (n.) 1650s, "nourishment," also "allowance to a wife from a husband's estate, or in certain cases of separation," from L. alimonia "food, support, nourishment, sustenance," from alere "to nourish" (see OLD (Cf. old)) + -monia suffix signifying action, state, condition (cognate with Gk. -men). Derived form PALIMONY (Cf. palimony) coined 1979.
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alimony — al·i·mo·ny / a lə ˌmō nē/ n [Latin alimonia sustenance, from alere to nourish] 1: an allowance made to one spouse by the other for support pending or after legal separation or divorce compare child support alimony in gross: lump sum alimony in… … Law dictionary
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Alimony — Al i*mo*ny, n. [L. alimonia, alimonium, nourishment, sustenance, fr. alere to nourish.] 1. Maintenance; means of living. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) An allowance made to a wife out of her husband s estate or income for her support, upon her divorce… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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alimony — [n] money paid in support of a former spouse keep, livelihood, living, maintenance, provision, remittance, subsistence, sustenance, upkeep; concept 344 … New thesaurus
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alimony — [al′ə mō΄nē] n. [L alimonia, food, support < alere, to nourish: see OLD] 1. Obs. supply of the means of living; maintenance 2. an allowance that a court orders paid to a person by that person s spouse or former spouse after a legal separation… … English World dictionary
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