livelihood

noun live·li·hood \ ˈlīv-lē-ˌhu̇d \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of livelihood

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

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Origin and Etymology of livelihood

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


LIVELIHOOD Defined for English Language Learners

livelihood

noun

Definition of livelihood for English Language Learners

  • : a way of earning money in order to live


LIVELIHOOD Defined for Kids

livelihood

noun live·li·hood \ ˈlīv-lē-ˌhu̇d \

Definition of livelihood for Students

:2living 3


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