- 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 victualled
They were victualled for a long siege, and as the place was strong they had nothing to fear.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
Sir Allan victualled it for the day, and provided able rowers.A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland
The Endeavour was victualled for a cruise of eighteen months.The Cannibal Islands
She carried thirty-six guns, and was victualled for a long voyage.Notable Voyagers
W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
"We were victualled for six months, and of that which was good," runs the record.A Book of Discovery
Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
- 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
Word Origin and History for victualled
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