live·​stock | \ ˈlīv-ˌstäk How to pronounce livestock (audio) \

Definition of livestock

: animals kept or raised for use or pleasure especially : farm animals kept for use and profit

Examples of livestock in a Sentence

a market where livestock are bought and sold a market where livestock is bought and sold
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps our increasingly interconnected world — and dependence on industrial livestock, particularly chickens — may lead us into what some have called an age of pandemics, in which Covid-19 is only a preview of even more deadly avian-flu outbreaks. New York Times, "How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life," 27 Apr. 2021 Under the initiative, those who raise livestock for slaughter must let their animals live out 25% of their natural lifespan before slaughtering them. Robert Davis, Washington Examiner, "Colorado initiative draws ire of Weld County, agriculture industry," 22 Apr. 2021 But calls of other livestock on the loose, such as goats and pigs, come in at least once a month. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Red Fox Steakhouse to reopen without beloved jazz player," 19 Apr. 2021 In addition to emptying shelves of seeds and gardening tools, nascent gardeners and urban farmers also bought livestock, particularly chickens, to produce a steady influx of eggs. USA Today, "Before the pandemic ketchup squeeze: A year of COVID-19 product shortages and the items we struggled to find," 15 Apr. 2021 The farmers traded livestock, farming ideas and equipment. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Huntsville monastery has faded away, but preservation prayers have been answered for its farm fields," 15 Apr. 2021 With ladies pawning jewelry and farmers selling livestock to raise the cash to buy shares, the offering was oversubscribed by more than 10%. James Willhite, WSJ, "Coinbase, JPMorgan Chase, ConocoPhillips: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today," 14 Apr. 2021 At least 10 of those vessels carried livestock, raising concerns about the animals. Jon Gambrell And Samy Magdy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Can more tugboats and a 'king tide' free Suez Canal ship?," 28 Mar. 2021 At least 10 of those vessels carried livestock, raising concerns about the animals. Jon Gambrell And Samy Magdy,, "Ship still stuck across Suez Canal as efforts to free it ramp up," 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of livestock

circa 1687, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of livestock was circa 1687

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2 May 2021

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“Livestock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of livestock

: farm animals (such as cows, horses, and pigs) that are kept, raised, and used by people


live·​stock | \ ˈlīv-ˌstäk How to pronounce livestock (audio) \

Kids Definition of livestock

: animals (as cows, horses, and pigs) kept or raised especially on a farm and for profit

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