Definition of alimony in US English:

alimony

noun

North American
  • A husband's or wife's court-ordered provision for a spouse after separation or divorce.

    ‘he is said to have paid $300,000 alimony to his first wife’
    • ‘If she was getting tired of his extracurricular activities and the thought of divorce was entering her mind, doesn't California have alimony and child support?’
    • ‘No, your son will not be required to pay alimony when his wife files for divorce.’
    • ‘From Elias Hall's point of view, his wife's ability to obtain a divorce and alimony threatened his authority as a husband and his independent manhood.’
    • ‘Today the doors of the civil courts are open for us in issues of custody, alimony, maintenance, guardianship and shared property.’
    • ‘Certain debts such as back taxes, student loans, alimony, and child support cannot be discharged.’
    • ‘The Palestine Order of Council defined matters of personal status to include such matters as marriage, divorce, alimony, maintenance, guardianship, successions, wills.’
    • ‘This bill is about people using the bankruptcy system to evade paying alimony and child support payments.’
    • ‘Her suffering is increased when she discovers that she'll have to pay alimony to her absent husband, who's been having an affair behind her back.’
    • ‘In other words, if one of Susie's great-grandparents were black, Frank would be entitled to an annulment and relieved of his obligations to provide alimony or child support.’
    • ‘His parents were divorced and his family lived off of alimony and child support.’
    • ‘However, by doing so she loses the right to maintenance or alimony which a divorced woman can claim legally.’
    • ‘When a divorce lands in court, children should be insulated as much as possible from adult decisions like alimony and support payments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And the law takes a dim view of marital partners attempting to change how the marriage, divorce, and alimony laws will apply to them once they are already married.’
    • ‘Include any bonuses, tips, commissions, alimony, child support, dividends, interest earnings, and government benefits.’
    • ‘Alimony, including back alimony, is deductible in the year in which it's paid.’
    • ‘‘These courts protected women's rights to divorce, alimony, child custody and child support,’ she says.’
    • ‘Their husbands refuse to pay alimony or child support.’
    • ‘Current wages are also protected, unless a court has ordered you to make payments for child support, alimony or other support or maintenance.’
    • ‘However, the ecclesiastical courts could order a husband to pay alimony to a wife seeking a separation from him.’
    financial support, maintenance, support, provision, allowance, keep, upkeep, sustenance, livelihood, subsistence, living expenses
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

alimony

/ˈæləˌmoʊni//ˈaləˌmōnē/