Alimony Definition

ălə-mōnē
alimonies
noun
alimonies
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.
Webster's New World
Supply of the means of living; maintenance.
Webster's New World

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.

Webster's New World Law

Other Word Forms of Alimony

Noun

Singular:
alimony
Plural:
alimonies

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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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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