Definition of famine
1 : an extreme scarcity of food The famine affected most of the country.
2 archaic : starvation
3 archaic : a ravenous appetite
4 : a great shortage Transportation problems resulted in a coal famine.
Examples of famine in a sentence
The famine affected half the continent.
millions killed by war, drought, and famine
Origin and Etymology of famine
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from feim, faim hunger, from Latin fames
First Known Use: 14th century
FAMINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of famine for English Language Learners
: a situation in which many people do not have enough food to eat
FAMINE Defined for Kids
Definition of famine for Students
: a very great shortage of food that affects many people over a wide area
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