Definition of nutriment in English:



  • [mass noun] Nourishment; sustenance.

    ‘the bees reprocess the food and extract the last particle of nutriment from it’
    figurative ‘he took the Bible for spiritual nutriment’
    • ‘Eventually, in his final entry, he writes ‘I am weaker than ever although I have a good appetite, and relish the nardoo much, but it seems to give no nutriment, and the birds here are so shy as not to be got at.’’
    • ‘By 20th June, Wills was completely reduced by the effects of the cold and their inadequate nutriment.’
    • ‘Still, the pleasure of delicious food, or of beautiful decoration, or, in some instances, the utility of better nutriment, seems sufficient to a vast majority of civilised men and women to justify these customs.’
    • ‘If they encounter a speck of nutriment they fan out to quest for more.’
    • ‘With these events in mind, it is extraordinary that a man with his limited resources, loss of sleep, lack of nutriment, and high levels of psychological stress performs so brilliantly.’
    nourishment, nutrients, sustenance, food, daily bread
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Late Middle English: from Latin nutrimentum, from nutrire feed, nourish.