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[vahy-uh nd]
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  1. an article of food.
  2. viands, articles or dishes of food, now usually of a choice or delicate kind.
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Origin of viand

1350–1400; Middle English viaunde < Middle French viande < Vulgar Latin *vīvanda, for Latin vīvenda things to be lived on, neuter plural gerund of vīvere to live
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  • The natives roast his flesh, and esteem it a viand of no ordinary excellence.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • The viand contents of the monumental burden together with what sea and hill could provide—these figured.

  • Each of us seizes the viand dearest to his or her heart, and tries to shelter it beneath his or her umbrella.


    Rhoda Broughton

  • This humble promoter of forestry is duly appreciated, if only as a viand, by his neighbors.

  • Not until one has tried does one realize to what excellence and variety this form of viand lends itself.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

British Dictionary definitions for viand


  1. a type of food, esp a delicacy
  2. (plural) provisions
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French viande, ultimately from Latin vīvenda things to be lived on, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for viand


"article of food," early 14c., from Anglo-French viaunde, Old French viande "food," dissimilated from Vulgar Latin *vivanda, from Late Latin vivenda "things for living," in classical Latin, "be live," neuter plural gerundive of vivere "to live" (see vital).

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