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 Richardson declined, instead deciding to support her 10-year-old brother Kayden in his first livestock show. Samantha Hendrickson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "She postponed her childhood dream to help her little brother. Now she's Waukesha's Fairest of the Fair.," 27 June 2020 The plan allows for several family friendly amenities, including midway rides, free concerts, roving entertainment and the 4H livestock competition. USA TODAY, "Shah Bar, infected ‘Idol,’ famed mall to close: News from around our 50 states," 24 June 2020 Fair activities will be limited – such as no concerts, senior exhibits or the rodeo – with the grandstand kept to fewer than 2,500 spectators for livestock shows. cleveland, "Vice President Mike Pence coming to Lordstown on Thursday as Ohio looks more competitive," 23 June 2020 The plan allows for several family-friendly amenities, including midway rides, free concerts, roving entertainment and the 4H livestock competition. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Lacking indoor space, some Kentucky State Fair vendors say they'll sit this one out," 23 June 2020 Thirty workers care for what is now a herd of 3,600 head of livestock, all oblivious to the coronavirus. CBS News, "Small businesses, big problems in a time of pandemic," 21 June 2020 The fact that slaveholders extracted thirty additional months of uncompensated labor from people who had been bought, sold, and worked to exhaustion, like livestock, throughout their lives is cause for mourning, not celebration. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "Juneteenth and the Meaning of Freedom," 19 June 2020 What his ranch doesn’t have these days is livestock. John Maccormack,, "Wind farms threaten unspoiled West Texas river and Air Force pilot training routes," 19 June 2020 Undeterred, Charu turned to the young people in Kibber and suggested the idea of a livestock insurance program. Peter Gwin, National Geographic, "Himalaya ‘ghost cats’ are finally coming into view," 16 June 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

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“Livestock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of livestock

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

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