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[vahy-uh nd] /ˈvaɪ ənd/
an article of food.
viands, articles or dishes of food, now usually of a choice or delicate kind.
Origin of viand
1350-1400; Middle English viaunde < Middle French viande < Vulgar Latin *vīvanda, for Latin vīvenda things to be lived on, neuter plural gerund of vīvere to live Unabridged
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  • He sat, now fully awake, listening alertly, forgetting the viands in his attention.

    When the Sleeper Wakes Herbert George Wells
  • The viands were eaten freely, though the occasion was not a happy one.

    Cousin Henry Anthony Trollope
  • And she gave daily subsistence to those followers of his, and feasted him and his minister with all kinds of viands.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • And so it was upon the viands that Nanna's attention was immediately concentrated.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • Wherever I go nowadays, I claim as my right bedroom and bath and viands succulent to the palate and tender to the teeth.

    Jaffery William J. Locke
  • In the refreshment room and the hall, footmen were bustling about with wine and viands.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The viands were of the choicest quality, and in great variety.

  • They then fell to the viands, and ate with the hearty gusto of robust health.

  • With homely but cheerful hospitality they pressed the viands upon them.

    A Daughter of the Union Lucy Foster Madison
  • He lifted the viands from the little elevator to the table and inspected them.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for viands


/ˈviːənd; ˈvaɪ-/
a type of food, esp a delicacy
(pl) provisions
Word Origin
C14: from Old French viande, ultimately from Latin vīvenda things to be lived on, from vīvere to live
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for viands



"article of food," early 14c., from Anglo-French viaunde, Old French viande "food," dissimilated from Vulgar Latin *vivanda, from Late Latin vivenda "things for living," in classical Latin, "be live," neuter plural gerundive of vivere "to live" (see vital).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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