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Definition of victual

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1: food usable by people2victuals\ ˈvi-​tᵊlz  \

plural : supplies of food : PROVISIONS


victuals (n.)c. 1300, vitaylle (singular), from Anglo-French and Old French vitaille "food, nourishment, provisions,"

from Late Latin victualia "provisions," noun use of plural of victualis "of nourishment,"

from victus "livelihood, food, sustenance, that which sustains life," from past participle stem of vivere "to live" (from PIE root *gwei- "to live").

Spelling altered early 16c. to conform with Latin, but pronunciation remains "vittles."

Recent Examples on the Web:

Noun Or, just buy a bottle and some victuals from the on-site shop, and get in on the picnic action yourself.— Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Mar. 2018

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