- The definition of alimony is money paid to either a husband or wife after a divorce by court order in order to allow the recipient to maintain the lifestyle they had during the marriage.
An example of alimony is when a couple divorces and the court orders the ex- husband to send a check to his ex-wife each month.
- Obsolete supply of the means of living; maintenance
- an allowance that a court orders paid to a person by that person's spouse or former spouse after a legal separation or divorce or while legal action on this is pending
Origin of alimonyClassical Latin alimonia, food, support ; from alere, to nourish: see old
- Law An allowance for support made under court order to a divorced person by the former spouse, usually the chief provider during the marriage. Alimony may also be granted without a divorce, as between legally separated persons.
- A means of livelihood; maintenance.
Origin of alimonyLatin alimōnia, sustenance, from alere, to nourish; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
Known since 1655, from Latin alimonia (“food, support, nourishment, sustenance”) (English aliment, as in alimentary), itself from alere (“to nourish”) + -monia (“action, state, condition”).
alimony - Legal Definition