alimony

noun

al·​i·​mo·​ny ˈa-lə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce alimony (audio)
plural alimonies
1
: an allowance made to one spouse by the other for support pending or after legal separation or divorce
2
: the means of living : maintenance

Examples of alimony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to a lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey and obtained by PEOPLE, Morrissey is demanding Williams' ex-husband pay back $112,500 dollars in alimony. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 20 May 2024 Everything Her Family and Guardian Have Said About the Ailing Star's Finances Morrissey and Hunter recently entered into an ongoing legal dispute regarding alimony money. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 20 May 2024 Continue taking the alimony to which you are entitled, and go on with your life. Jeanne Phillips, The Mercury News, 25 Apr. 2024 Among other restrictions, taxpayers reporting rental income, tip income or alimony won't be able to participate in the first year. The Arizona Republic, 26 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for alimony 

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin alimōnia, going back to Latin, "food, nourishment, nurture, upbringing," from alere "to nurse, supply with nutrition, support, maintain" + -mōnia, suffix of abstract nouns (going back to the Indo-European noun-forming suffix *-mĕ̄n-/*-mŏ̄n- + the abstract noun formative *-i-) — more at old entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alimony was circa 1613

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Cite this Entry

“Alimony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alimony. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

alimony

noun
al·​i·​mo·​ny ˈal-ə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce alimony (audio)
: money paid to one spouse by the other for support during or after divorce or separation

Legal Definition

alimony

noun
al·​i·​mo·​ny ˈa-lə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce alimony (audio)
1
: an allowance made to one spouse by the other for support pending or after legal separation or divorce compare child support
alimony in gross
: lump sum alimony in this entry
alimony pendente lite \ -​pen-​ˈden-​tē-​ˈlī-​ˌtē, -​pen-​ˈden-​tā-​ˈlē-​tā \
: alimony granted pending a suit for divorce or separation that includes a reasonable allowance for the prosecution of the suit

called also temporary alimony

lump sum alimony
: alimony awarded after divorce that is a specific vested amount not subject to change

called also alimony in gross

permanent alimony
: alimony awarded after divorce which consists of payments at regular intervals that may change in amount or terminate (as upon the payee's remarriage)
temporary alimony
: alimony pendente lite in this entry
2
: means of living, support, or maintenance
fathers and mothers owe alimony to their illegitimate childrenLouisiana Civil Code
Etymology

Latin alimonia sustenance, from alere to nourish

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