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[vit-l] /ˈvɪt l/
victuals, food supplies; provisions.
food or provisions for human beings.
verb (used with object), victualed, victualing or (especially British) victualled, victualling.
to supply with victuals.
verb (used without object), victualed, victualing or (especially British) victualled, victualling.
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
Related forms
victualless, adjective
revictual, verb, revictualed, revictualing or (especially British) revictualled, revictualling.
unvictualed, adjective
unvictualled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for victuals
  • The dogs had water and sampled the victuals at a doggie bar.
  • Often had he become so hungry while being made a fence of, that he had to steal victuals.
  • Our hut mates, who are cooking up a gourmet dehydrated meal, are a bit stunned to see we've carried such heavy victuals.
  • Eight pound a month, all found, free tobacco and prime victuals.
  • They run largely to forays for victuals and fights with other aggressive animals.
  • Don't forget to tempt your taste buds with some victuals from our special haunted buffet.
  • Visit the weekend encampment and discover the living quarters and victuals of these hardy souls.
  • As with better shoes, one can find them buying better grades of victuals immediately after gaining freedom.
  • It will be glad one of these days to make a meal on cold victuals from a northern almshouse.
  • They are denied table delicacies and are obliged by their trainers to confine themselves to coarse, substantial victuals.
British Dictionary definitions for victuals


plural noun
(sometimes sing) food or provisions


verb -uals, -ualling, -ualled (US) -uals, -ualing, -ualed
to supply with or obtain victuals
(intransitive) (rare) (esp of animals) to partake of victuals
See also victuals
Derived Forms
victual-less, adjective
Word Origin
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

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."



c.1300; see victuals.


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

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