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[kon-duh-muh nt] /ˈkɒn də mənt/
something used to give a special flavor to food, as mustard, ketchup, salt, or spices.
Origin of condiment
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin condīmentum spice, equivalent to condī(re) to season + -mentum -ment
Related forms
condimental, condimentary, adjective
noncondiment, noun
noncondimental, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for condiment
  • The familiar condiment helps to break down oil around turtle mouths and eyes so that it can be more easily removed.
  • Learn more about how the famous condiment is made and the taste tester who eats hot sauce all day, every day.
  • If the food lacked flavour, there was always a bottle of a thick brown condiment handy, to slurp over it and conceal the taste.
  • Mango appears in meals and as a salad, but is also served pickled as a condiment that is eaten with virtually everything.
  • These ingredients, first combined and fried in lard or oil, serve as a flavor base or condiment to many meals.
  • Top your meat with fresh salsas available from the extensive selection on the roving condiment cart.
  • As they fish, they talk, sharing details including the fact that mustard is their favorite condiment.
  • His raita, a garlic-infused yogurt condiment, comes with a sprinkling of crunchy fried okra on top.
  • condiment holders are designed to be ridge-less so they are easier to clean.
  • He had entered a drug-treatment program and landed a job working the graveyard shift at a condiment factory in the suburbs.
British Dictionary definitions for condiment


any spice or sauce such as salt, pepper, mustard, etc
Word Origin
C15: from Latin condīmentum seasoning, from condīre to pickle
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Word Origin and History for condiment

early 15c., from Old French condiment (13c.), from Latin condimentum "spice, seasoning, sauce," from condire "to preserve, pickle, season," variant of condere "to put away, store," from com- "together" (see com-) + -dere comb. form meaning "to put, place," from dare "to give" (see date (n.1)).

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