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victual

noun vict·ual \ ˈvi-tᵊl \

Definition of victual

1 : food usable by people
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


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victual

verb

Definition of victual

victualed or victualled; victualing or victualling
transitive verb
: to supply with food
intransitive verb
1 : eat
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

First Known Use of victual

1558



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