A substance, such as a relish, vinegar, or spice, used to flavor or complement food.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin condīmentum, from condīre, to season; see dhē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
con′di·mental (-mĕntl) adj.
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