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.
Origin of alimony
- Latin alimōnia sustenance from alere to nourish al-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Known since 1655, from Latin alimonia (“food, support, nourishment, sustenance”) (English aliment, as in alimentary), itself from alere (“to nourish”) + -monia (“action, state, condition”).