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Pronunciation:  'lIvlee`hûd

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the financial means whereby one lives; "each child was expected to pay for their keep"; "he applied to the state for support"; "he could no longer earn his own livelihood"

LIVELIHOOD is a 10 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: bread and butter, keep, living, support, sustenance
 See Also: amenities, comforts, conveniences, creature comforts, maintenance, meal ticket, resource, subsistence



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Live"li*hood\, n. [OE. livelode, liflode, prop.,
    course of life, life's support, maintenance, fr. AS. l[=i]f
    life + l[=a]d road, way, maintenance. Confused with
    livelihood liveliness. See {Life}, and {Lode}.]
    Subsistence or living, as dependent on some means of support;
    support of life; maintenance.
          The opportunities of gaining an honest livelihood.
          It is their profession and livelihood to get their
          living by practices for which they deserve to forfeit
          their lives.                             --South.
  2. \Live"li*hood\, n. [Lively + -hood.]
    Liveliness; appearance of life. [Obs.] --Shak.
Thesaurus Terms
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