- anything that nourishes; food
- means of support; necessity
Origin of alimentClassical Latin alimentum ; from alere, to nourish: see old
- Something that nourishes; food.
- Something that supports or sustains.
transitive verbal·i·ment·ed, al·i·ment·ing, al·i·ments
Origin of alimentMiddle English, from Latin alimentum, from alere, to nourish; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present aliments, present participle alimenting, simple past and past participle alimented)