aliment

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From French aliment, and its source, Latin alimentum (food).

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aliment (plural aliments)

  1. (now rare) Food.
  2. (figuratively) Nourishment, sustenance.
    • Francis Bacon
      aliments of their sloth and weakness
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 356:
      All this monotony might be a good aliment for a poet but what if one had no gifts?
  3. (Scotland) An allowance for maintenance.

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aliment (third-person singular simple present aliments, present participle alimenting, simple past and past participle alimented)

  1. (obsolete) To feed, nourish.
  2. To sustain, support.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 434:
      Yet there would also be many – and not simply the powerful and ultra-privileged – who lost out, and whose discontent operated as a kind of political yeast, alimenting ‘unpatriotic’ thoughts and acts.

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aliment m (plural aliments)

  1. (piece of) food

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French[edit]

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aliment m (plural aliments)

  1. food
    • 1755, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discours sur l’origine et les fondements de l’inégalité parmi les hommes
      C’est ainsi qu’un pigeon mourrait de faim près d’un bassin rempli des meilleures viandes, et un chat sur des tas de fruits, ou de grain, quoique l’un et l’autre pût très bien se nourrir de l’aliment qu’il dédaigne, s’il s’était avisé d’en essayer.
      Thus a pigeon would be starved to death by the side of a dish of the choicest meats, and a cat on a heap of fruit or grain; though it is certain that either might find nourishment in the foods which it thus rejects with disdain, did it think of trying them.

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aliment m (plural alimens)

  1. item of food

Romanian[edit]

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aliment n

  1. food (any substance consumed by living organisms to sustain life)

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