Definition of alimony in English:


Syllabification: al·i·mo·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈaləˌmōnē


chiefly North American
A husband’s or wife’s court-ordered provision for a spouse after separation or divorce.
More example sentences
  • 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.
financial support, maintenance, support;


early 17th century (in the sense 'nourishment, means of subsistence'): from Latin alimonia 'nutriment', from alere 'nourish'.

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