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Known since 1655, from Latin alimōnia (food, support, nourishment, sustenance) (English aliment, as in alimentary), itself from alere (to nourish) + -mōnia (action, state, condition).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈæ.lɪ.mə.ni/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæ.lɪ.moʊ.ni/
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alimony (countable and uncountable, plural alimonies)

  1. (law) A court-mandated allowance made to a former spouse by a divorced or legally separated person.
    Synonym: maintenance
    • 1985, Joel Schumacher; Carl Kurlander, St. Elmo's Fire, spoken by Kevin Dolenz (Andrew McCarthy):
      Who won, huh? Nobody. Used to be sex was the only free thing, No longer. Alimony… palimony… it's all financial. Love is an illusion.
  2. The means to support life.

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