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victual

or vit·tle

[vit-l]
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noun
  1. victuals, food supplies; provisions.
  2. food or provisions for human beings.
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verb (used with object), vict·ualed, vict·ual·ing or (especially British) vict·ualled, vict·ual·ling.
  1. to supply with victuals.
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verb (used without object), vict·ualed, vict·ual·ing or (especially British) vict·ualled, vict·ual·ling.
  1. to take or obtain victuals.
  2. Archaic. to eat or feed.
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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
Related formsvict·ual·less, adjectivere·vict·ual, verb, re·vict·ualed, re·vict·ual·ing or (especially British) re·vict·ualled, re·vict·ual·ling.un·vic·tualed, adjectiveun·vic·tualled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for victual

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Florence Converse


British Dictionary definitions for victual

victual

verb -uals, -ualling or -ualled or US -uals, -ualing or -ualed
  1. to supply with or obtain victuals
  2. (intr) rare (esp of animals) to partake of victuals
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See also victuals
Derived Formsvictual-less, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French vitaille, from Late Latin victuālia provisions, from Latin victuālis concerning food, from victus sustenance, from vīvere to live
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for victual

n.

c.1300; see victuals.

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v.

c.1300, from Anglo-French or Old French vitailler, from vitaille (see victuals). Related: Victualed; victualing.

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