Sunday, February 01, 2009
Definitions for victuals
- food or provisions, esp. for humans
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Citations for victuals
Before the hurricane hit, we went to the store for victuals.
Origin of victuals
c 1303, vitaylle (singular), from Anglo-French and Old French vitaille, from Late Latin victualia "provisions," noun use of plural of victualis "of nourishment," from victus "livelihood, food, sustenance," from base of vivere "to live." Spelling altered by 1523 to conform with Latin, but pronunciation remains "vittles."