victual

or vit·tle

[vit-l]
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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.
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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for victuals

victuals

pl n
  1. (sometimes singular) food or provisions

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
See also victuals
Derived Formsvictual-less, adjective

Word Origin for victual

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 victuals
n.

c.1300, vitaylle (singular), from Anglo-French and Old French vitaille, from Late Latin victualia "provisions," noun use of plural of victualis "of nourishment," from victus "livelihood, food, sustenance," from root of vivere "to live" (see vital). Spelling altered early 16c. to conform with Latin, but pronunciation remains "vittles."

victual

n.

c.1300; see victuals.

victual

v.

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

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