\ \ [14] Victuals are etymologically something you eat to stay ‘alive’. The word came from late Latin vīctūāliaprovisions’, a noun use of the plural of vīctūālisof nourishment’. This in turn was derived from vīctuslivelihood’, which was formed from the same base as viverelive’ (source of English convivial, revive, survive, viper, vivacious, vivid, etc, as well as of a range of words descended from its derivative vītalife’, such as vital and vitamin). The pronunciation of the word, /vitəlz/, reflects the form in which it was originally acquired, via Old French vitaille, but its spelling represents a return to its Latin original.

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  • Victuals — Vict uals, n. pl. [OE. vitaille, OF. vitaille, F. victuaille, pl. victuailles, fr. L. victualia, pl. of. victualis belonging to living or nourishment, fr. victus nourishment, from vivere, victum, to live; akin to vivus living. See {Vivid}.] Food… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • victuals — index sustenance Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • victuals — (n.) c.1300, vitaylle (singular), from Anglo Fr. and O.Fr. vitaille, from L.L. victualia provisions, noun use of plural of victualis of nourishment, from victus livelihood, food, sustenance, from root of vivere to live (see VITAL (Cf. vital)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • victuals — *food, feed, viands, provisions, comestibles, provender, fodder, forage …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • victuals — pronounced vit ǝlz, is a rather old fashioned or rustic (plural) noun meaning ‘food or provisions’, and like all such words is sometimes used in humorous or affected contexts …   Modern English usage

  • victuals — [n] food supplies aliment, bread, chow*, comestibles, eatables, eats, edibles, fare, feed, foodstuff, goodies*, groceries*, grub, larder, meal, nourishment, provender, provisions, rations, refreshments, snack, supplies, viands, vittles; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • victuals — [14] Victuals are etymologically something you eat to stay ‘alive’. The word came from late Latin vīctūālia ‘provisions’, a noun use of the plural of vīctūālis ‘of nourishment’. This in turn was derived from vīctus ‘livelihood’, which was formed… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • victuals — noun Food supplies; provisions. See Also: victualer, victualler …   Wiktionary

  • victuals — Synonyms and related words: board, bread, bread and butter, cheer, chow, comestibles, creature comfort, cuisine, daily bread, eatables, eats, edibles, fare, fast food, feast, feed, food, food and drink, foodstuff, grub, health food, ingesta, junk …   Moby Thesaurus

  • victuals — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. pl. See food. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. meals, fare, viands, sustenance, provisions, supplies; see also food . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. food, foodstuffs, provisions, groceries, rations, *grub,… …   English dictionary for students

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