noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

the horses, cattle, sheep, and other useful animals kept or raised on a farm or ranch.

Origin of livestock

First recorded in 1650–60; live2 + stock Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for livestock

Contemporary Examples of livestock

  • Biologist Mattson is alarmed by the abrupt 2008 rise in grizzly mortality from conflicts both with livestock and hunters.

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    What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear

    Doug Peacock

    November 23, 2014

  • And in the land of livestock and grassland and corral and endless highway, that is more or less everything.

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    The Death of a Rodeo Cowboy

    Peter Richmond

    May 11, 2014

  • This was where they corralled their livestock at night, and where the warm smell of animals still lingered.

  • The bacteria in the bowels of livestock are influenced by the antibiotics gobbled up.

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    Is Your Bacon on Drugs?

    Kent Sepkowitz

    December 12, 2013

  • And if that bacteria has encountered too much antibiotic in livestock feed and has developed antibiotic resistance and you eat it.

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    Is Your Bacon on Drugs?

    Kent Sepkowitz

    December 12, 2013

Historical Examples of livestock

  • He unfolded the sheet and scanned the charges—coercion, larceny, livestock theft, and breach of contract.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • A survey should be made of the relation of Government grazing lands to the livestock industry.

  • Further to the east are corrals and holding pens for livestock.

    Trinity [Atomic Test] Site

    The National Atomic Museum

  • Summer livestock grazing in the mountains and uncontrolled hunting reduced wildlife to insignificance.

  • He was sorry the soldiers had helped themselves so freely to the livestock; but everything had now settled down.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter

    Sir Harry Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for livestock



(functioning as singular or plural) cattle, horses, poultry, and similar animals kept for domestic use but not as pets, esp on a farm or ranch
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Word Origin and History for livestock

1520s, from live (adj.) + stock (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper