a suffix of nouns, often concrete, denoting an action or resulting state (abridgment; refreshment ), a product (fragment ), or means (ornament ).

< French < Latin -mentum, suffix forming nouns, usually from verbs

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suffix forming nouns
1.  indicating state, condition, or quality: enjoyment
2.  indicating the result or product of an action: embankment
3.  indicating process or action: management
[from French, from Latin -mentum]

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suffix forming nouns, originally from Fr. and representing L. -mentum, which was added to verb stems sometimes to represent the result or product of the action. Used with English verb stems from 16c. (e.g. merriment, which also illustrates the habit of turning -y to -i- before this suffix).
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