Definition of alimony in English:
nounchiefly North American
A husband’s or wife’s court-ordered provision for a spouse after separation or divorce.
- However, the ecclesiastical courts could order a husband to pay alimony to a wife seeking a separation from him.
- The Palestine Order of Council defined matters of personal status to include such matters as marriage, divorce, alimony, maintenance, guardianship, successions, wills.
- In this case, as it appears that there is a substantial question of domicile to be decided, and as it cannot be determined for several months, the wife is entitled to alimony.
early 17th century (in the sense 'nourishment, means of subsistence'): from Latin alimonia 'nutriment', from alere 'nourish'.
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