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aliment

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noun al·i·ment \ˈa-lə-mənt\

Definition of aliment

  1. :  food, nutriment; also :  sustenance <there was nothing there of conversational aliment — Kingsley Amis>



Examples of aliment in a sentence

  1. <complained that he had to drive for hours to find any sort of cultural aliment when visiting his parents' rural home>



Did You Know?

These days you're most likely to encounter "aliment" as a typo for "ailment," but the word was less of a rarity in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. And the word's history goes back even further than that. It dates to the 15th century and comes from Latin alere, meaning "to nourish," by way of "alimentum." Although "aliment" is uncommon in today's English, you may recognize it in the somewhat technical term "alimentary canal"-the name for the long tube in the body through which food passes after it is eaten. "Aliment" also functions as a verb meaning "to give aliment to," or "to nourish or sustain."

Origin of aliment

Middle English, from Latin alimentum, from alere to nourish — more at old


First Known Use: 15th century


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aliment

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verb al·i·ment \-ˌment\

Definition of aliment

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give aliment to :  nourish, sustain




Medical Dictionary

aliment

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noun al·i·ment \ˈal-ə-mənt\

Medical Definition of aliment

  1. :  a food or nutrient substance




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