Definition of livelihood noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlaɪvlihʊd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪvlihʊd//
[countable, usually singular, uncountable]
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a means of earning money in order to live synonym living Communities on the island depended on whaling for their livelihood. a means/source of livelihood Word OriginOld English līflād ‘way of life’, from līf ‘life’ + lād ‘course’ (see lode). The change in the word's form in the 16th cent. was due to association with lively and -hood.Extra examples The boat was his main source of livelihood. The new law threatens the livelihood of thousands of farmers. an insurance policy to secure your livelihood in old age people whose livelihood depends on the forest
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