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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 condiments
  • It is the white bread of condiments, an inoffensive accompaniment to more flavorful fare.
  • Serve these fajita-style with all your favorite condiments.
  • Serve the condiments on the side for a casual evening party.
  • And the array of condiments gathered on a tray are party decorations in themselves.
  • Have partygoers ladle soup into mugs or small bowls, and offer condiments so they can tailor each soup to their liking.
  • Now, you can spend a fortune on condiments, whether at the supermarket or at a fancy shop.
  • Fresh meats and cheeses go into their giant sub sandwiches with choice of toppings and condiments.
  • She admits that her favorite condiments are butter and mayonnaise.
  • No condiments or sauces in use, but want to eat the occasional handful of nuts.
  • But don't expect butter, sour cream or other condiments.
British Dictionary definitions for condiments


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 condiments



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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