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victual

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noun vict·ual \ˈvi-təl\

Definition of victual

  1. 1 :  food usable by people

  2. 2 plural :  supplies of food :  provisions



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If you're hungry for the story behind victual, get ready to dig into a rich and fulfilling history. The word derives via Middle English and Anglo-French from the Latin noun victus, meaning "nourishment" or "way of living." Victus derives from the verb vivere, which means "to live" and which is the source of a whole smorgasbord of other English words like vital, vivid, and survive. It's also the root of viand, another English word referring to food. There's also vittles, a word that sounds like it might be an alteration of the plural victuals but which actually entered English a century before victual.

Origin of victual

Middle English vitaille, victuayle, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin victualia, plural, provisions, victuals, from neuter plural of victualis of nourishment, from Latin victus nourishment, way of living, from vivere to live — more at quick


First Known Use: 15th century


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victual

verb, vict·ual

Definition of victual

victualed or victualledvictualing or victualling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to supply with food

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  eat

  5. 2 :  to lay in provisions



Examples of victual in a sentence

  1. <the navy was usually equipped, clothed and victualled by the Crown>

  2. <that evening the travelers victualed sumptuously on partridge and venison>



1558

First Known Use of victual

1558


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