Definition of alimony in English:

alimony

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

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.
    Synonyms
    financial support, maintenance, support; child support

Origin

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

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