• (British) IPA: /ˈa.lɪ.mənt/


  1. (now rare) Food.
  2. (figuratively) Nourishment, sustenance.
    • 1597, Francis Bacon, Of the Colours of Good and Evil
      aliments of their sloth and weakness
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 356:
      All this monotony might be a good aliment for a poet but what if one had no gifts?
  3. (Scotland) An allowance for maintenance; alimony.

aliment (aliments, present participle alimenting; past and past participle alimented)

  1. (obsolete) To feed, nourish.
  2. To sustain, support.
    • 2002, Colin Jones (historian), The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 434:
      Yet there would also be many – and not simply the powerful and ultra-privileged – who lost out, and whose discontent operated as a kind of political yeast, alimenting ‘unpatriotic’ thoughts and acts.
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