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[vit-l] /ˈvɪt l/
victuals, food supplies; provisions.
food or provisions for human beings.
verb (used with object), victualed, victualing or (especially British) victualled, victualling.
to supply with victuals.
verb (used without object), victualed, victualing or (especially British) victualled, victualling.
to take or obtain victuals.
Archaic. to eat or feed.
Origin of victual
1275-1325; Middle English vitaille < Anglo-French, Middle French vitail(l)e, Old French vituaille < Late Latin victuālia provisions, noun use of neuter plural of Latin victuālis pertaining to food, equivalent to victu(s) nourishment, way of living (vic-, variant stem of vīvere to live + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ālis -al1; modern spelling < Latin
Related forms
victualless, adjective
revictual, verb, revictualed, revictualing or (especially British) revictualled, revictualling.
unvictualed, adjective
unvictualled, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for victual
Historical Examples
  • They saw the gleam of her white hand as she stretched it out to take the victual.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • It was full of victual, and all manner of mirth and disport.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • When the cell is finished, the Bee at once sets to work to victual it.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • "Ay, it's like salt to their victual," put in Mrs. Goodenough.

    Wives and Daughters

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • When a man 's drunk he spills more than his victual, other answered him.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • Give me a drink of cider, and if there is a morsel of victual in the house——'

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
  • "It seems to me that the victual is in danger of burning," he said.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • For aught I knew, there might have been fifty of you at least to victual.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • Can we victual at Batavia as cheaply as at Singapore, Mr. Gross?

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • Charles was now to victual his fleet with the savings of the board-wages!

British Dictionary definitions for victual


verb -uals, -ualling, -ualled (US) -uals, -ualing, -ualed
to supply with or obtain victuals
(intransitive) (rare) (esp of animals) to partake of victuals
See also victuals
Derived Forms
victual-less, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French vitaille, from Late Latin victuālia provisions, from Latin victuālis concerning food, from victus sustenance, from vīvere to live
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for victual

c.1300; see victuals.


c.1300, from Anglo-French or Old French vitailler, from vitaille (see victuals). Related: Victualed; victualing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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