livelihood

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noun live·li·hood \ˈlīv-lē-ˌhu̇d\

Definition of livelihood

  1. 1 :  means of support or subsistence (see subsistence 2) The villagers' main livelihood is fishing.

  2. 2 obsolete :  the quality or state of being lively

Examples of livelihood in a sentence

  1. Many fishermen believe that the new regulations threaten their livelihoods.

Origin and Etymology of livelihood

alteration of Middle English livelode course of life, from Old English līflād, from līf + lād course — more at lode


First Known Use: 14th century


LIVELIHOOD Defined for English Language Learners

livelihood

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noun live·li·hood \ˈlīv-lē-ˌhu̇d\

Definition of livelihood for English Language Learners

  • : a way of earning money in order to live


LIVELIHOOD Defined for Kids

livelihood

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noun live·li·hood \ˈlīv-lē-ˌhu̇d\

Definition of livelihood for Students

  1. :  2living 3



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