- victuals, food supplies; provisions.
- food or provisions for human beings.
- to supply with victuals.
- to take or obtain victuals.
- Archaic. to eat or feed.
Origin of victual
1275–1325; Middle English vitaille < Anglo-French, Middle French vitail(l)e, Old French vituaille < Late Latin victuālia provisions, noun use of neuter plural of Latin victuālis pertaining to food, equivalent to victu(s) nourishment, way of living (vic-, variant stem of vīvere to live + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ālis -al1; modern spelling < Latin
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Examples from the Web for victual
They saw the gleam of her white hand as she stretched it out to take the victual.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
It was full of victual, and all manner of mirth and disport.Joyous Gard
Arthur Christopher Benson
When the cell is finished, the Bee at once sets to work to victual it.The Mason-bees
J. Henri Fabre
"Ay, it's like salt to their victual," put in Mrs. Goodenough.Wives and Daughters
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
When a man 's drunk he spills more than his victual, other answered him.Long Will
- to supply with or obtain victuals
- (intr) rare (esp of animals) to partake of victuals
See also victuals
C14: from Old French vitaille, from Late Latin victuālia provisions, from Latin victuālis concerning food, from victus sustenance, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for victual
c.1300; see victuals.
c.1300, from Anglo-French or Old French vitailler, from vitaille (see victuals). Related: Victualed; victualing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper