[ lahyv-lee-hood ]
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  1. a means of supporting one's existence, especially financially or vocationally; living: to earn a livelihood as a tenant farmer.

Origin of livelihood

before 1000; earlier liveliod, livelihod, alteration (by reanalysis as lively + -hood; compare obsolete livelihood liveliness) of Middle English livelod,Old English līflād conduct of life, way of life (see life, lode, load)

Other words for livelihood

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How to use livelihood in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for livelihood


/ (ˈlaɪvlɪˌhʊd) /

  1. occupation or employment

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