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victual

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noun vict·ual \ˈvi-təl\

Definition of victual

  1. 1 :  food usable by people

  2. 2 victuals plural :  supplies of food :  provisions

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If you're hungry for the story behind victual, get ready to dig into a rich and fulfilling history. The word derives via Middle English and Anglo-French from the Latin noun victus, meaning "nourishment" or "way of living." Victus derives from the verb vivere, which means "to live" and which is the source of a whole smorgasbord of other English words like vital, vivid, and survive. It's also the root of viand, another English word referring to food. There's also vittles, a word that sounds like it might be an alteration of the plural victuals but which actually entered English a century before victual.

Origin and Etymology of victual

Middle English vitaille, victuayle, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin victualia, plural, provisions, victuals, from neuter plural of victualis of nourishment, from Latin victus nourishment, way of living, from vivere to live — more at quick


First Known Use: 15th century


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victual

verb vict·ual

Definition of victual

victualed

or

victualled

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victualing

or

victualling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to supply with food

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  eat

  5. 2 :  to lay in provisions

Examples of victual in a sentence

  1. the navy was usually equipped, clothed and victualled by the Crown

  2. that evening the travelers victualed sumptuously on partridge and venison

1558

First Known Use of victual

1558



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