alimony /ˈalɪməni/


I. noun [ mass noun]

(chiefly N. Amer.) a husband’s (or wife’s) provision for a spouse after separation or divorce; maintenance.

he is said to have paid $300,000 alimony to his first wife.
– origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘nourishment, means of subsistence’): from Latin alimonia ‘nutriment’, from alere ‘nourish’.

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