aliment

noun
al·i·ment | \ˈa-lə-mənt \

Definition of aliment 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: food, nutriment also : sustenance there was nothing there of conversational aliment — Kingsley Amis

aliment

verb
al·i·ment | \-ˌment \
alimented; alimenting; aliments

Definition of aliment (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give aliment to : nourish, sustain

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Noun

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."

Examples of aliment in a Sentence

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

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Immobility during a hospital stay is linked to delirium, long-term disabilities and hospital readmission, and is widely considered a preventable aliment. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "Do Doctors and Nurses Skip Hand Washing? Cue the Video," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of aliment

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aliment

Noun

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

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aliment

noun
al·i·ment | \ˈal-ə-mənt \

Medical Definition of aliment 

: a food or nutrient substance

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