Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An allowance for support made under court order and given usually by one person to his or her former lover or live-in companion after they have separated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a form of alimony paid to a former partner in a romantic relationship after a period of living together, even though the two persons involved were not married to each other. The absence of a formal marriage distinguishes it from alimony.

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  • noun law A form of alimony paid to a former partner in a nonmarital relationship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun support paid by one half of an unmarried partnership after the relationship ends

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Blend of pal and alimony.]

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Blend of pal ("a close friend") and alimony ("support payment from one former spouse to another after a divorce").

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