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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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Related Words for viands

feed, fare, provisions, grub, victuals, eats, chow, edibles

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Historical Examples of viands

  • It might here refer more particularly to the room which contained the viands.

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  • None of the viands looked familiar but all appealed to the appetite.

  • There were long tables loaded with viands and decorated with flowers.

  • All The viands in their gravy's wine Grow lurid and fantastical.

  • The viands were excellent, and the wines of the first quality.

British Dictionary definitions for viands


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

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 viands



"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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