livelihood

[lahyv-lee-hood]

noun

a means of supporting one's existence, especially financially or vocationally; living: to earn a livelihood as a tenant farmer.

Nearby words

  1. lived-in,
  2. livedo,
  3. livedo reticularis,
  4. livedoid,
  5. livedoid dermatitis,
  6. livelily,
  7. livelong,
  8. lively,
  9. liven,
  10. livenza

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)

Synonym study

See living.

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British Dictionary definitions for livelihood

livelihood

noun

occupation or employment
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Word Origin and History for livelihood

livelihood

n.

1610s, alteration of livelode "means of keeping alive" (c.1300), from Old English lifad "course of life," from lif "life" + lad "way, course" (see load). Cf. Old High German libleita. Spelling assimilated to words in -hood. Earlier livelihood was a different word, meaning "liveliness," from lively.

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