Definition of alimony noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈælɪməni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈælɪmoʊni//
[uncountable] (especially North American English)
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the money that a court orders somebody to pay regularly to their former wife or husband when the marriage is ended He has to pay alimony to his ex-wife. compare maintenance, palimony Word Originearly 17th cent. (in the sense ‘nourishment, means of subsistence’): from Latin alimonia ‘nutriment’, meaning nourishment, from alere ‘nourish’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: alimony