Money paid after divorce to former spouse for support, usually for a specified period of time, by court order or written agreement. If paid during pendency of the divorce proceedings, referred to as alimony pendente lite. See pendente lite.
Other Word Forms of Alimony
Origin of Alimony
Known since 1655, from Latin alimonia (“food, support, nourishment, sustenance”) (English aliment, as in alimentary), itself from alere (“to nourish”) + -monia (“action, state, condition”).
Latin alimōnia sustenance from alere to nourish al-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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