viand

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noun vi·and \ˈvī-ənd\

Definition of viand

  1. 1 :  an item of food; especially :  a choice or tasty dish

  2. 2 viands plural :  provisions, food

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Examples of viand in a Sentence

  1. a shop selling caviar, foie gras, designer chocolates, and other pricey viands

  2. the inn serves its choice viands on delicate china and its selection of vintage wines in the finest crystal available

Did You Know?

Are you someone who eats to live, or someone who lives to eat? Either way, you'll find that the etymology of viand reflects the close link between food and life. Viand entered English in the 15th century from Anglo-French (viande means "meat" even in modern French), and it derives ultimately from Latin vivere, meaning "to live." Vivere is the ancestor of a number of other lively and life-giving words in English, including victual, revive, survive, convivial, and vivacious.

Origin and Etymology of viand

Middle English, viaunde, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin vivanda food, alteration of Latin vivenda, neuter plural of vivendus, gerundive of vivere to live — more at quick


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